KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 3 — “I have to make way for someone who’s better suited to take the nationwide workforce to the next stage.”
That’s the rationalization given by Tan Cheng Hoe following his choice to resign as Harimau Malaya head coach, a place he had held for 4 years since being appointed in December 2017.
Cheng Hoe admitted that whereas it was a troublesome choice to make, it was the right one as he took full duty for the workforce’s failure in the recently-concluded Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup 2020 in Singapore.
“I know that FAM (Football Association of Malaysia) set us a goal of qualifying for the AFF Cup last and I didn’t meet it, so that’s why I am stepping down.
“I undoubtedly took a very long time to assume it over. I thought long-term about my profession and in addition thought of my repute as a coach. Perhaps, there’s someone else who can do a better job than me,” mentioned the 53-year-old when contacted by eNM at this time.
He additionally denied that his choice was influenced by calls from varied events for him to resign following the workforce’s failure in Singapore.
Asked what his finest reminiscences all through his time with the nationwide workforce have been, Cheng Hoe described the interval from 2018 to 2019 as the highlights of his profession as that was when the Harimau Malaya managed to qualify for the last of the AFF Cup 2018.
“ and in 2019, we achieved back-to-back wins over Thailand and Indonesia in the 2022 World Cup/2023 Asian Cup Qualifiers; and the workforce’s efficiency additionally reached an excellent stage,” he mentioned.
Cheng Hoe mentioned that for now he hoped to simply relaxation and spend time together with his household earlier than contemplating a return to teaching.
“So far, there is no such thing as a supply and, for now, I simply wish to calm down and concentrate on my household due to soccer, I have uncared for my household for a very long time,” mentioned the Kedah-born Cheng Hoe.
Earlier, FAM had issued an announcement saying that Cheng Hoe, who had a contract with the nationwide workforce till the finish of 2022, had determined to step down following the Harimau Malaya’s failure to advance to the semi-finals of the AFF Cup 2020 final month.
In the AFF Cup 2020, Malaysia, who have been runners-up in 2018, did not qualify for the knockout phases after ending third in Group B behind Indonesia and defending champions Vietnam.
The nationwide squad, who had a brief preparation time, started their marketing campaign in fashion by beating Cambodia 3-1 and thrashing Laos 4-0. However, they then fell 3-0 to Vietnam and 4-1 to Indonesia.
Many then blamed Cheng Hoe, saying Malaysian soccer had reached the abyss beneath him.
However, he deserves credit score for being the particular person accountable for respiration new life into Malaysian soccer after taking up from Portuguese Nelo Vingada.
Cheng Hoe even managed to enhance the nationwide workforce’s world rating from their lowest-ever 178th spot to 153rd since taking up as head coach.
The nationwide workforce’s finest achievement beneath Cheng Hoe got here in the 2019 season once they recorded 9 wins from 13 outings, together with defeating 4 higher-ranked groups in Tier 1 worldwide friendlies.
“It’s not a straightforward job dealing with the nationwide workforce however I am assured that whoever takes over will be capable to breathe new life into the aspect,” mentioned Cheng Hoe. — eNM