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Cheng Hoe resigns as Harimau Malaya head coach

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 3 — Tan Cheng Hoe has resigned as the head coach of the Harimau Malaya following Malaysia’s failure to qualify for the semi-finals of the AFF Cup 2020 in Singapore final month, the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) introduced at the moment.

FAM secretary-general Mohd Saifuddin Abu Bakar stated Cheng Hoe had acknowledged his intention to step down throughout a gathering with the administration of the nationwide soccer governing physique lately.

He stated that following the “open-hearted dialogue from all angles”, the FAM administration in the long run revered his determination and agreed to launch Cheng Hoe on a mutual settlement foundation.

“FAM extends its deepest appreciation to Cheng Hoe who total had served FAM for 14 years since he was assistant coach of the nationwide Under-20 squad in 2005.

“His companies and contributions will all the time be remembered. Thank you. Good luck additionally to Cheng Hoe in persevering with his teaching profession after this,” he stated in an announcement right here.

The 53-year-old coach from Alor Setar, Kedah, had served as the assistant coach of the Under-20, Under-23 and Harimau Muda A squads, earlier than his sturdy partnership as assistant coach to Datuk Ok. Rajagobal noticed Malaysia win the 2009 SEA Games gold medal and the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup.

Cheng Hoe, who later took over as Kedah’s head coach from 2014-2017, proved himself to be among the finest coaches within the Malaysia League (M-League) when he helped The Red Eagles win the 2015 Premier League, Malaysia Cup 2016, the FA Cup and Charity Shield in 2017.

He then returned to FAM in 2017 as nationwide assistant coach to Nelo Vingada, earlier than being promoted to head coach on the finish of the identical 12 months.

Taking cost of the Harimau Malaya, he constructed up the nationwide squad to emerge runners-up within the 2018 AFF Cup and put the workforce in the very best place within the second spherical of the 2022 World Cup/2023 Asian Cup qualifiers in 2019, earlier than the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the match schedule.

In the AFF Cup 2020 from Dec 5 to Jan 1, Cheng Hoe’s squad, which lacked preparation as a result of pandemic, didn’t advance to the semi-finals after they completed the marketing campaign in third place following 3-0 and 4-1 defeats to Vietnam and Indonesia respectively in Group B, other than recording 3-1 and 4-0 wins over Cambodia and Laos. — eNM

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