Sunday, December 13, 2009


When the dust settled after the MHF Management Committee meeting in Penang today, local coaches were dealt with two severe blows.

First the MHF has decided to proceed with securing the services of a foreign coach, thus leaving Tai Beng Hai as the 'interim' coach until the foreigner arrives.

And despite the high cost, and contrary to statements made by Dutchman Roelant Oltmans and his club Laren HC over the past two weeks, MHF has decided that the former Pakistani coach is their targetted foreigner to plot the rise of Malaysian hockey.

The key factor is funding, and with the NSC only willing to pay a fixed amount, MHF will yet again have to depend on its President Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah to source for the remainder, which is believed to be in the region of RM60,000 per month.

Thus the decision to hire Oltmans has been put on hold until the funding is sorted out as no senior NSC official was at the meeting in Penang.

Beng Hai, who has submitted his report for the World Cup Qualifiers contrary to what this blog had reported earlier, will thus be responsible to monitor the progress and scout players for the national team whose next assignment will not be until the AHF Champions Trophy next April.

Beng Hai will, if he accepts, be appointed as the assistant to the foreign coach in the new set-up. However nothing was discussed on the fate of the current assistant coach Nor Saiful Zaini Nasiruddin whose contract expires at the end of this month.

And the second blow, probably more devastating was the failure of the MHF Secretariat to put forward for discussion the appeal by local coaches who are in the national set-up to be allowed to coach club sides in the MHL.

We can reveal that at least one of the coaches submitted an appeal and the Coaching Committee was asked to deliberate on it and rightfully refused as appeals can only be determined by either the Management Committee or the Council.

The fact that this matter was not tabled in Penang shows the weakness in understanding the MHF Constitution and lends credibility to the notion that administratively MHF are still in shambles with the battle to control or being the king makers continue to rage on within the confines of the MHF brass.

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