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Bala set for Malaysia U23 head coach role

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president, Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin wants Harimau Malaya assistant coach, S Balachandran to take over the national U23 squad.

The assistant coach’s name will be submitted to the national committee soon and Malaysia head coach Tan Cheng Hoe will oversee training for the U23 squad.

“Firstly, the U23 squad are not involved in any major tournaments this year, they have qualifiers next year but I would like to suggest that we hire Harimau Malaysia’s assistant coach,” said Hamidin.

“Following numerous discussions with the Japan Football Association (JFA), we believe the best way to approach this is by appointing Cheng Hoe’s assistant from the senior squad to be the head coach of the U23 squad while Cheng Hoe monitors their training.”

The Malaysia U23 head coach position has been vacant since January 2020 after the FAM decided to not extend Datuk Ong Kim Swee’s contract.

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