KUALA LUMPUR: The National Football Development Programme (NFDP) will have a new look and feel as it seems that 10 of the best coaches will be selected to fill a couple of vacancies as state youth head coaches and coaches at Academy Mokhtar Dahari (AMD).
NFDP technical committee chairman, Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal said that the restructuring of the grassroots development programme will be expedited to ensure there is an equilibrium and balance in the development of budding, talented young players after an overhaul of the NFDP system only last month.
He said that to ensure that the mission of setting up NFDP is achieved, which is to produce a group of top, quality players, therefore the coaching system must also be changed and for a start, the committee has advertised for those who qualify and are interested to come forward and apply for the coaching positions that are to be filled up.
"It is very clear the work order that has been sorted has not just been put in place to improve the implementation aspect of the NFDP, but to ensure that it is transparent and inclusive by taking into account the importance and need of listening to all sides and taking the positives.
"NFDP’s technical committee has already advertised the available coaching positions that have not been filled after the coaching restructuring process at both AMD and NFDP.
"To date about 83 applications have been received from both foreign and local coaches who are interested in filling the vacant coaching positions available.
"In fact, earlier today (Friday), we have already carried out interview sessions for the positions of state youth head coaches for a few states that have been placed under the responsibility of Saad Ichalalene who has been appointed as NFDP’s technical director.
"On Monday, we will be carrying out interview sessions for available positions at AMD to complete the coaching structure already in place under Lim Teong Kim who is AMD’s technical director,” said Subahan when met after NFDP’s technical committee meeting in Bukit Jalil earlier today (Friday).
In related developments, Subahan, who is also FA of Malaysia (FAM) vice president, explained that AMD’s team will most likely take part in two championships organised and sanctioned by FAM, namely the Youth Cup competition and the Presidents Cup.
"We do realise that exposure is very important for the AMD players’, so NFDP’s technical committee will be making an appeal to FAM to allow AMD’s team to compete in the Youth Cup and the Presidents Cup.
"Even though the AMD players’ are between 14-16-years-old, this is an opportunity for them to gain valuable exposure as they can compete and play against older players, which will help them to improve in terms of maturity in playing the game,” he added.