PETALING JAYA: Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) believe they have missed out on the services of a top calibre junior coach with the unexpected passing of Izuan Ibrahim (pic).
BAM had roped in the 35-year-old Izuan, the man who trained Japanese world No. 1 Kento Momota in his junior days, as part of their big plans to revive the dwindling fortunes of the national junior squad for next year.
Izuan was to have reported for duty on Jan 1, but sadly, he never made it. He died on Monday.
Izuan had been hospitalised at the Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM) in Kubang Kerian since Dec 19 before his death.
Prior to this, he was reported to have undergone surgery to remove a blood clot in the brain, which caused intracranial bleeding and left him unconscious.
BAM secretary Datuk Kenny Goh, who had interviewed Izuan for the job, said the latter could have been a great addition to the national set-up given his impressive credentials.
“It’s quite sad that we didn’t have the opportunity to work with him, ” said Kenny.
“We met a couple of times and from the conversations we had, I found that he was someone who was very passionate about the sport, a coach who was very concerned about his players.
“Besides taking into account the vast experience he gained from his previous coaching stint in Japan, as well as being the head coach of Kelantan and Perlis state teams, Izuan was also a former teacher. His degree in physical education was another plus point.
“A teacher will always place their students as priority.”
Izuan, who started his coaching career with Nusa Mahsuri, headed for Japan in 2011 where he served the Ehime Badminton Club before returning to Malaysia in 2015.
He joined Kelantan BA to serve as head coach for two years before moving to Perlis and spent another two years until last October.
Although Izuan was said to have a hand in Momota’s development into a world class player, Kenny revealed that Izuan never mentioned about it at all.
“There was no mention about him coaching Momota when we chatted. But knowing him, Izuan isn’t one who’s boastful. He’s very down to earth, ” said Kenny.
Izuan was laid to rest at the Kampung Banggol Muslim Cemetery, Jalan Pantai Cahaya Bulan in Kota Baru. He is survived by his wife, Siti Marsyhtah Muhammad and three children.
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