New football coach brings wealth of experience

Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam national football team incoming head coach K Rajagobal (pic below, New Straits Times) said he is honoured to have been chosen from a three-man shortlist by the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) recently.

The Malaysian tactician is expected to lead the Wasps for a two-year term in his first international assignment since leaving as the head coach of the Malaysia national team in 2013.

K Rajagobal, who is synonymous with Malaysian football, told Astro Arena, “It is an honour (to become head coach) and an opportunity to return to the international football arena.

“I want the players to work well and hard, and be confident to accomplish something not only for me as a head coach but for the people of Brunei Darussalam.”

K Rajagobal led the Malaysia under-23 team to a gold medal in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in 2009 before masterminding the senior team’s triumph in the 2010 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Championship.

The AFF-award winning coach was linked to the position last month following widespread reports from the Malaysian media.

President of NFABD Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan said his credentials prompted the association to give serious consideration on the appointment.

He said, “I’m sure his playing and coaching days have brought him a wealth of experience that can be transferred to our team.

“With the participation of local coaches, we hope to work together to blend and influence the players to improve.”

The former PKNS FC manager will bring in one coach as part of his coaching team. Brunei coaches Haji Ameer-Aziz Hakim bin Haji Abdul Lani, Aminuddin bin Jumat and Ali Mustafa have all served as interim coaches for the national team especially during the call-ups in line with the FIFA calendar window.