Saravanan waits on his UEFA A licence in Helsinki

  • Football
  • Sunday, 19 Apr 2020

Now listen up: Saravanan training some of the junior players at the HJK Helsinki Academy in Finland.

PETALING JAYA: The Covid-19 spread has brought almost everything to a standstill, even the process of higher recognition.

Former national footballer V. Saravanan, who is now based in Finland, was to have obtained his UEFA A licence this year, but due to the Covid-19, his practical had to be postponed, delaying his process of getting the licence.

The legendary Perak striker, who coaches the Under-12 teams in the HJK Helsinki setup, said classes are going on online, but he has to wait for a little longer to get the licence.

The A licence is just one level below the UEFA Pro Licence and allows holders to be head coaches of youth teams up to the age of 18, reserve teams for top-flight clubs, and men’s professional second-tier clubs.V. SaravananV. Saravanan

“When it comes to syllabi and theories, it is done online, so there are no issues with that. I am still going through some lessons to broaden my football knowledge, especially in Europe, ” said the 42-year-old, who also played for Pahang and PKNS in the Malaysia League.

“The practical had to be postponed because of the Covid-19 situation. So, there is a delay in getting the licence, but I understand the severity of things and do not mind waiting. I do not see any issues in it.

“In Finland, people are allowed to go out, but they must practise strict social distancing. At the moment, schools and football clubs have closed. So, we are at home most times.”

Before heading for Finland, the former Perak, Pahang and PKNS winger played for Malaysia in the 1997 World Youth Championship and represented the country 43 times from 2000 to 2004.

He won the Malaysia Cup twice with Perak and the Malaysian Premier League One twice during his playing career.

The former “Olympic 2000 Project” player said he was still monitoring the young boys in Helsinki “virtually” as his players send videos of their drills and techniques to him every day

Saravanan admits that he misses being on the field with his trainees, but hopes that would all come to an end soon.

“Right now, I am enjoying the time I am getting with my wife and son. I work out with my son, play games with him. It has been good, but I hope the virus can be stopped and we can go out, ” said Saravanan, who has been in Helsinki with his wife Satu Johanna Ekholm and son Aaron for seven years.

Saravanan said he was watching more Malaysian football these days and was impressed with the standards shown by some Super League clubs.

He added that it was a pity that the movement control order (MCO) had put a stop to the league proceedings.

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