KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) coaching committee, who were left out of the decision-making process when the national coaches were appointed last Sunday, have endorsed the decision taken by president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.
Coaching committee chairman Manjit Majid Abdullah said on Saturday that they understood the urgency of the appointments following the resignation of national chief coach Paul Revington.
Former national juniors coach K. Dharmaraj was appointed the new coach with K. Gobinathan and Nor Azlan Bakar as his assistants. Former national assistant coach A. Arulselvaraj was demoted to the juniors team (Project 2016).
“I think there is no issue here and we believe the president has the mandate to make the decision. There is no time to be lost considering the five major assignments – Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, FIH Champions Challenge I, World Cup, Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games –
that the national team will be involved in this year.
“As long as the National Sports Council (NSC) are kept informed of the changes, then there is no need for us to interfere in the matter,” added Manjit after Saturday’s coaching committee meeting.
The only new appointments made by the committee was the selection of Lailin Abu Hassan as the chief coach of the women’s national juniors. He will be assisted by Jivan Mohan.
Mohamed Nasihin Nubli will continue as the chief coach of the women’s senior team with Jiwa Mohan as his assistant.
Manjit said the MHC are also in the process of forming an Under-16 team.
“This will be a joint effort with the 1Mas programme. The national Under-16 meet next month will be used as the basis for the selection of players. I am not sure if there are any tournament for them to play in but that will be sorted out later,” added Manjit.
The national Under-16 team usually play in the Manheim Invitational meet in Germany in May. But this year’s tournament has been cancelled.
“We may look at some other meets for them or look at the possibility of hosting one ourselves. We will look at the matter at a later date,” said Manjit.