IS ‘FREE’ TO GO

Coach gets re­lease let­ter from Kedah to join FAM

New Straits Times - - Sport -

coaches in the M-League and has led Kedah to sev­eral suc­cesses since join­ing them in April, 2014. Among his achieve­ments were the 2015 Premier League and the 2016 Malaysia Cup crowns.

“I am happy that I have re­ceived my re­lease let­ter but also sad be­cause I have many mem­o­rable mem­o­ries with Kedah.

“I am re­join­ing FAM as I feel Malaysian foot­ball will progress to the next level un­der Tunku Is­mail.

“I heard news that I may be given the care­taker role for the open­ing Asian Cup qual­i­fy­ing matches against North Korea (June 8) and Le­banon (June 13) but frankly I do not know much about it,” said Cheng Hoe, who con­ducted his last train­ing ses­sion with the Kedah play­ers on Fri­day.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing his re­lease let­ter from KFA on Satur­day, Cheng Hoe had a heart-to-heart talk with the Kedah play­ers.

“I told them that coaches come and go. Some were up­set as they thought I will be stay­ing for a lit­tle longer.

“I re­minded them that they must al­ways give their best in train­ing and matches. Most im­por­tantly, they must give full co­op­er­a­tion to care­taker coach Nidzam Adzha.”

Sev­eral fans showed their dis­plea­sure af­ter Cheng Hoe ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion on March 31 “I hope the fans will un­der­stand and not get up­set. I am leav­ing be­cause the na­tion need my ser­vices. Kedah fans have been fan­tas­tic through­out my ten­ure. These mem­o­ries will al­ways be part of me,” Cheng Hoe added. wick­ets in the first in­nings.

Forces won their first match of the com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day when they de­feated Pe­nang by 43 runs in Ge­orge­town but the hosts ex­acted re­venge yes­ter­day with a seven-wicket win to se­cure their semi-fi­nal berth as Justin Frew scored a match-win­ning 72 runs.

De­spite the dou­ble de­feats, Se­lan­gor had se­cured sec­ond place in the stand­ings for a sec­ond year in a row, ahead of Univer­siti Ke­bangsaan Malaysia with the two teams to square off in Satur­day’s semi-fi­nal.

UKM will be aim­ing to reach the fi­nal again af­ter last year’s de­feat to KL while Se­lan­gor are look­ing at re­demp­tion af­ter un­ex­pect­edly los­ing to Sarawak in the 2016 quar­ter-fi­nals. Devin­der Singh

Tan Cheng Hoe

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