Youth development and coach education are high on my agenda, says new AFM technical director | Sports

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The 54-year-old Australian has said competitive matches for young players are something crucial in the development of football that is lacking in the region. – Photo by Twitter / Bernama

PETALING JAYA, January 5 – The new Technical Director of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), Scott O’Donell, will prioritize the development of youth football and the training of coaches, among other things.

The 54-year-old Australian has said competitive matches for young players are something crucial in the development of football that is lacking in the region.

“If we look at the number of competitive football in Europe and South America, they play around 50 games a year. I think that’s something we need to look at, to get more boys and girls to play as many games as possible in order to increase the talent pool.

“But it’s a whole package, setting high standards, training the coaches, developing the grassroots, women’s football. I am back in South East Asia to take advantage of the challenges that lie ahead, ”O’Donell said during a press conference at Wisma FAM here today.

“There is no silver bullet or shortcut in the development of football, you have to work hard, involve everyone, you cannot expect the FAM to do everything. Need to engage with all parties stakeholders, including states, professional clubs, academies, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Education, player and coach associations, the media and supporters. In short, we need everyone on board to achieve our goals, ”he added.

Looking to the future, O’Donell said FAM President Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin and General Secretary Mohd Saifuddin Abu Bakar understood his plan for Malaysian football and were ready to give him all the support he needed. .

O’Donell was previously the technical director of Capital Football, the governing body of women’s football in Australia’s capital, Canberra, since 2017, before stepping down last November.

The former defender is also familiar with the football culture of the region, having played for Kuala Lumpur in 1994-1995, in addition to playing in the Singapore League with Tampines Rovers (1996-97, 1999-2000) and Marine Castle United ( 1998-99).

In addition to being the coach of Geylang United (2003-2005) in Singapore, his credentials include experience as head coach of the Cambodian national team on two occasions (2005-2007 and 2009-2010) before to become the technical director of the technical director of the Indian Football Federation. (AIFF) (2015-2017). – Bernama

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