Former Selangor, national coach Worden dies

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Selangor and national coach Ken Worden died on Monday. He was 78.

The FA of Malaysia (FAM) and Football Tasmania confirmed the news on their social media pages.

"FAM is saddened to hear of the passing of Ken Worden, who coached the national team from January 1992 to 1993.

"During his tenure, the national team won the Vietnam Invitational, the Jakartaraya and the Merdeka Cup," said FAM in a statement on Monday.

Football Tasmania said: "Worden represented Tasmania in the 1970s and started his coaching career here. Ken went on to manage the Malaysian and Singapore national teams."

He was one of the most respected coaches in Malaysia, having led Selangor to three Malaysia Cups, two Charity Shields and one FA Cup.

Worden got his first stint in Malaysia when he coached Selangor in 1991 and won the FA Cup that year.

He returned to Selangor in 1994 after coaching Singapore in 1993. It proved to be his best stint as he guided the Red Giants to three trophies from 1994 to 1996.

In 1995, Worden won the Malaysia Cup, and in 1996, he bagged the Charity Shield and Malaysia Cup.

Worden returned to the M-League in 1999 to coach Sabah.

He then returned to Selangor in 2002 and won the Malaysia Cup and Charity Shield that year.

The England-born Worden played for Burnley FC and later Preston North End FC in Lancashire, before turning to coaching.

"I remember playing against Sir Stanley Matthews and Sir Tom Finney during my heyday in the English League," said Worden, who left his native Preston in England for Australia, in an interview in 2017.

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