PETALING JAYA: Former Police coach K. Thaiyanathan has passed away at the age of 60.
He collapsed due to breathing difficulties and was taken to the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2.45pm on Saturday.
Thaiyanathan, who was the Megah Murni team coach in the ongoing FAM Cup competition, had served the Police football team for 23 years.
He was assistant to the likes of Chow Kwai Lam, Datuk Rahim Abdullah, Bawandi Hiralal and Ken Morten before being appointed Police’s chief coach in 2002.
The former police sergeant guided Police to promotion from the FAM Cup to the Premier League in 2002. His biggest achievement came when he led the Cops to victory in the Premier League in 2007 and promotion to the Super League.
Thaiyanathan last coached Police in 2011 before taking a two-year break from the sport.
In 2013, he led the Malaysian Indian Football Association (MIFA) Under-23 team to victory in the France International Indian tournament in Paris.
Last year, he was appointed head coach of the Malaysian Indian Sports Council (MISC)-MIFA in the FAM Cup.
Former Police FA executive secretary DSP (Rtd) J.G. Raj said that Thaiyanathan was a pioneer with the Police team.
“He was based in Pulapol because of his commitment to the game.
“He put in so much time and effort and will be a hard person to replace,” said Raj.
The funeral rites will be held on Sunday at Block F5 of the sergeant’s quarters at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol), Kuala Lumpur. The cortege will leave for the crematorium in Ampang at 2pm.