Under-16 coach Balachandran quits FAM


PETALING JAYA: National Under-16 team coach S. Balachandran, in a surprise move, has parted ways with the FA of Malaysia (FAM).

The former international, who came close to taking Malaysia to the 2015 FIFA World Under-17 Finals, tendered his resignation last week.

FAM secretary general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said he was surprised by Balachandran’s sudden decision to quit although the former Kuala Lumpur player had a contract running until the end of 2015.

“We received his resignation letter last week and have told him to reconsider his decision. I will meet Balachandran to try and convince him to return to the FAM fold,” said Hamidin, when contacted.

Two months ago, Balachandran’s boys played in the AFC Under-16 championship and missed out on the ticket to the 2015 FIFA World Under-17 Finals in Chile by a whisker after losing 2-1 to fancied Australia in the quarter-finals at the Muangthong Stadium in Bangkok.

In the AFC Under-16 championship, the team qualified for the quarter-finals after finishing runners-up to South Korea. They defeated Thailand 1-0 and Oman 2-1 but lost 1-0 to South Korea.

Balachandran’s boys have been making waves since being assembled in January last year. They finished top in the AFF youth championship in Myanmar and the AFC Under-16 qualifying rounds in Laos. They also won the invitational Asia Champions Trophy tournament in June.

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