KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) have short-listed three local coaches to replace national coach Paul Lissek.
Seven coaches – K. Rajan, Dr Balbir Singh, A. Arulselvaraj, Stephen van Huizen, Colin Sta Maria, Wallace Tan and Zulkifli Hashim – applied for the job and the MHF, in a council meeting chaired by president Sultan Azlan Shah yesterday, cut it down to three.
The MHF, however, refused to name the three coaches being short-listed.
Said MHF deputy president Tan Sri P. Alagendra: “We need to talk to the coaches first to discuss about their pay and commitment towards the job. We also have to talk to the National Sports Council (NSC) director general Datuk Wira Mazlan (Ahmad) about the coach most suitable for the job.”
The national team have been without a coach since Lissek was removed in March. The German failed to guide the squad to the Athens Olympics in August.
National Under-16 coach Yahya Atan handled the team during the playing tour of Australia in April.
Alagendra said the new coach's main target would be to help Malaysia qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
“The national team's next assignment is the World Cup qualifiers in February, 2006 in China. Hopefully we can make it to the World Cup Finals in Germany.
“In preparation for the World Cup qualifiers, we will host the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup from Nov 18-27 next year,'' said Alagendra.
He added that ex-international goalkeeper Zulkifli Abbas would remain as the team manager of the national squad.