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ONENEWS.MY.ID – Scott O’Donell, the newly appointed Technical Director of the Malaysian FA (FAM) said that the Malaysian national team should be coached by a foreign coach.
The statement from the former Cambodian coach came after Tan Cheng Hoe’s recent resignation as head coach of Malaysia Malaya.
“I think that the Harimau Malaya squad after this needs to be coached by a foreign coach to change the landscape and future of Malaysian football into a new dimension for the long term,” O’Donell said in his official announcement at Wisma FAM.
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#News | SCOTT O’DONEL APPOINTED AS NEW TECHNICAL DIRECTOR OF MALAYSIA FOOTBALL
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O’Donell will fill the vacancy left by Datuk Ong Kim Swee who stepped down on September 10, 2021. FAM Vice President, Dato’ S. Sivasundaram and Secretary General of FAM, Mohd Saifuddin Abu Bakar, attended the announcement ceremony.
O’Donell said he would continue and further strengthen the F:30 program that FAM launched on October 31, 2018.
“The F:30 roadmap is a strategic plan for 2019 to 2030, but the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting this plan. This roadmap is indeed a good plan but can be expanded according to the journey and the timing.”
“Not only focusing on what we want to achieve in developing national football which is a top national team, but also covering grassroots development, youth, coach education, women’s football, futsal and beach football, all of which. also important,” said O’Donell.
The 55-year-old O’Donell has extensive experience in the field of coaching education holding the role of FIFA Coach/Expert/Mentor with his main focus on youth player development, coach development, technical director and mentoring as well as AFC Coaching Instructor as instructor for the Pro License, A , B and C.
O’Donell’s last position was as Technical Director at Capital Football (Australian Capital Territory Football Federation) from February 2017 to December 2021.
From 2015 to 2017, he was Technical Director of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
O’Donell was also head coach of Singaporean League club Geylang United from 2003 to 2005 and head coach of the Cambodia national team from 2005 to 2007 and 2009 to 2010.
From 2008 to 2009, he served as the AFC’s Director of Coach Education.
As a player, O’Donell played as a defender with Kuala Lumpur in 1994 and later with Singaporean League team Tampines Rovers and later Marine Castle United FC.
(muflih miftahul kamal/muf)