KUALA LUMPUR: Paulus Firman has his very own target as he makes a return to the BA of Malaysia (BAM), especially in strengthening the reserve and back-up squads so as to unearth more top pairs that are just as good or better than current top men’s doubles, Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong.
The Indonesian born men’s doubles coach, as stated before this, is making a return to BAM’s fold because of his desire to help the national squad, other than to take up a fresh, new challenge.
"Even though I have worked here before, I still feel that this time round there will be new challenges for me to take up and face,” said Paulus when met earlier at the Malaysian Badminton Academy (ABM) in Bukit Kiara here earlier today (Tuesday).
Paulus officially begins his duties with BAM today (Tuesday) and he will be working together with national men’s doubles head coach, Cheah Soon Kit and another coach, Vountus Indra Mawan Saniru.
"I am confident that each and every coach only wants the very best for their respective charges, and the same goes for me. We want to unearth and develop new players who can mature and become champions. At the same time I also have my very own short and long term targets that I must achieve.
“However, I need to hold discussions with the head coach and the management first. What is certain is every coach wants to develop players who are as good or even better than Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong.
“At the same time, we also want to improve and bring up the standards of the back-up and reserve squad players step by step,” said Paulus, who prior to returning to Malaysia, worked with the Philippines national team for four years.
Paulusalso admitted that he is always watching and looking at the developments of the national men’s doubles squad, including V Shem-Wee Kiong’s success at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where they won silver, and the continued improvements shown by Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi.
When asked as to when BAM approached him to get his services, Paulus said that it all happened during the Asia Team Championship that was held in Alor Setar back in February.
"From there, I got an offer and I sat down to have a discussion with the BAM officials, before coming to a confirmed agreement to return and serve Malaysian badminton,” he said.
Even though he is sad to leave the Philippines, he explained that such moves and sacrifices have to be made in order to take up fresh, new challenges.
"It was tough for me to bid farewell to the players over there, though I have to say that I am satisfied to have been able to play a part in nurturing and developing new talent between the ages of 14 to 15-years-old so much so they have achieved notable success in youth championships in both Singapore and Australia,” he said.
For the record, before this Paulus had served with BAM for 10 months until he made the decision to leave in 2013.