KUALA LUMPUR, The four shortlisted candidates for the women’s national hockey team coach position will go through another round of interviews before the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) makes its selection.
According to MHC president, Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal, this final round of evaluation will have National Sports Council (MSN) director-general, Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail and National Sports Institute (ISN) chief executive officer, Ahmad Faedzal Md Ramli, in the panel.
“The two local and two foreign candidates will be interviewed as soon as possible (via video conferencing) to finalise the coach before the third week of this month so that the person can start his job by September.
“We are also in the process of appointing a new technical director for the 2026 Asian Games project to enable him to join the selection panel,” Subahan said in a press conference at Kinrara Resort after announcing a partnership extension with QNET today.
It is learnt that candidates from the Netherlands and England are among the four who have been shortlisted for the coaching position after Muhammad Dharma Raj Abdullah decided to take a break from coaching and not apply for a contract renewal.
In reaction to the five Indian national team players who made headlines last week after testing positive for COVID-19, Subahan said the pandemic is under control in Malaysia with all the necessary standard operating procedures (SOP) in place to minimise the risk to the public and players.
Subahan also informed that the Perak Hockey Association president, Mohd Sayuti Abdul Samat, the Kedah Hockey Association president, Mohd Asmirul Anuar, a representative from Tenaga Nasional Bhd and another person will be appointed to serve on the MHC executive board.
On the sponsorship extension, Subahan said QNET – which has been an MHC partner since 2015 — will be pumping in RM1.5 million from 2021 to 2023.
“This is a very timely boost. In the time of pandemic, not many will be able to get sponsorship. We have a lot of expenses like organising leagues, development and overseas tournaments. We will put the money to good use,” he said.
Last month, MHC secured a kit sponsorship deal with Puma worth RM1.5 million.
QI Group managing director, Kuna Senathirajah, said its subsidiary — QNET — is happy to continue supporting MHC and the Selangor Hockey Association, while adding that there are no plans to form a hockey team at the moment.
QNET has also teamed up with English Premier League side Manchester City and Malaysian Super League side Petaling Jaya City Football Club (PJ City FC) which is owned by the QI Group.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency