KUALA LUMPUR: Former national hockey coach Tai Beng Hai may have failed in his attempt to take Malaysia back into the Olympics but the Malaysia Hockey Confederation (MHC) still have faith in his abilities.
He has been appointed the MHC Director of Coaching and will also handle the 2021 Project squad for the time being.
MHC secretary general Johari Abdul Aziz said yesterday that the MHC executive board had, on Sunday, agreed to the appointment after the decision to end Beng Hai’s tenure as coach of the senior team.
The MHC are in the process of hiring a foreign coach for the national team.
“Beng Hai still has a role to play and we feel that coach education is an area where he can help. As director of coaching he will implement programmes to educate and develop the local coaches and set up the structure for them to follow.
“He will also start work on the Project 2021 squad which we will launch at a later date,” he said.
The executive board was also presented with the coaching structure from the coaching committee at the meeting. But Johari said that the structure would have to be reviewed and some adjustments made.
“It isn’t complete and we need to redefine some of the tasks involving the administration. We also need to draw the line on the various duties of the people involved and ensure there is no duplication,” he added.
Johari said the national coaching setup will not come under Beng Hai’s purview.
“Beng Hai’s task is to help develp the local coaches. The national setup will be handled by the new coach and we will draw up the guidelines soon. Besides the senior team, we also have the Project 2013 and 2017 teams to cater to,” he added.
While the MHC ponder on the foreign coach for the senior team they have confirmed the appointments for the other age groups.
K. Dharmaraj will remain as chief coach of the Project 2013 team while Lim Chiow Chuan, who was removed as the Project 2017 coach, is now reinstated to the post.
Chiow Chuan is also the director of the 1Mas programme and had handled the 2017 squad since its formation last year.
“Dharmaraj will continue to be in charge of the 2013 team with Nor Azlan Bakar and K. Gobinathan while Lailin Abu Hassan will assist Chiow Chuan,” Johari said.
The MHC are hoping to bring forward the dates for the Sultan of Johor Cup, which is slated for Nov 22-Dec 2 as the dates clash with the FIH Champions Challenge in Argentina from Nov 24-Dec 2. The senior team will be taking part in the tournament.
“We have asked the Johor organisers to look into the dates as the national team, which has several junior players. will be away,” he said.
The tentative plan is to hold the Sultan of Johor Cup in October. Malaysia are the defending champions in the tournament for Under-21 teams.