Hodak’s staring at the exit - but he’s far from down and out

  • Football
  • Friday, 31 May 2019

PETALING JAYA: National Under-19 coach Bojan Hodak (pic) is not perturbed over the Football Association of Malaysia’s (FAM) decision to show him the exit.

The national body have decided not to extend the Croatian’s contract which ends on July 31.

Last year, Hodak created history when he guided Malaysia to the AFF Under-19 title in Indonesia. The team also went on to qualify for the AFC Under-19 championship after a 12-year hiatus.

The 48-year-old Hodak, who has permanent resident status in Malaysia, said that he enjoyed his tenure with the national team and will now keep his options open.

“The last two years were enjoyable for me and my players. I think I did a good job by turning the players into champions,” said Hodak.

“I’ll be going back to Croatia for my UEFA pro licence refresher course before taking a short break.

“After that, maybe I’ll look at offers. Money is not the most important thing for me ... I just want an interesting project like the Under-19 job.”

Hodak was in the midst of preparing the team for the AFF Under-19 tournament in Vietnam from Aug 5-18.

Malaysia, the defending champions, have been drawn in a tough group with heavyweights Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Singapore and Cambodia in Group B.

They open their campaign against the hosts on Aug 6.

The AFF tournament is a “test run” before the 2020 AFC Under-19 Championship qualifiers in Cambodia from Nov 2-10.

The national Under-23 team assistant coach Brad Maloney is expected to be offered the post.

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