TWO more ex-national squash players have ventured into coaching.
Unfortunately, Malaysia will not be the benefactors as former national No 1 Nafiizwan Adnan and ex-national backup player Gurshan Singh have taken up coaching offers abroad.
The 33-year-old Nafiizwan, who hung up his racquet in May, has agreed to a short coaching stint with the Singapore Squash Racquets Association (SSRA).
Gurshan, 22, on the other hand, has linked up with former national coach Ong Beng Hee to be a part of the Qatar setup.
The Ipoh-born inked a one-year contract and has been in Doha for the past two weeks.
The duo are the latest former national players to take up coaching offers overseas.
Other former national players who are coaching abroad includes Ong Beng Hee (Qatar), Leong Siu Lynn (United States), Choong Kam Hing (China), Lim Chee Ming and Timothy Arnold and Elvinn Keo who are based in Singapore.
The better salary remuneration has been a big factor for Malaysian coaches venturing overseas although the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) have tried their best to rectify the brain drain situation.
The national body have bolstered their ranks this year by taking on Delia Arnold, Ammar Sidik and Jess Tay on board.
But there is still a big shortage of coaches, especially at the grassroots and state level.
“It is a new environment for me. I have come here to learn and experience more as a coach,” said Gurshan, who holds a Level Two coaching certificate.
The big surprise is however former World No 26 Nafiizwan who agreed to a short stint with Malaysia’s southern neighbours. He will work exclusively with the Singaporean men’s team for the Philippines Sea Games.
The Terengganu-born will only train the Singaporean team for a week, starting on Nov 18.
The Commonwealth Games bronze medallist brings a wealth of experience after being a Professional Squash Association (PSA) Tour player for more than 10 years.
“I’m actually in Singapore to compete in the Singapore Open, a satellite event, mainly just to challenge myself as I’m still relatively fit,” said Nafiizwan.
“The SSRA, however, called me up and offered me a role as a short-term sparring partner and coach for their men’s team.
“So I thought why not. It would be nice to give this a try and help Singapore win some medals at the Sea Games.
Singapore are the Sea Games men’s team defending champions. Kng Zheng Guan