Friday, 14 July 2017

Minister says coach’s temporary rest unfortunate

KUCHING: Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said it was unfortunate that David Usop has decided to take a rest as Sarawak head coach.

“It is just unfortunate that he stepped down after two or three (recent consecutive defeats) matches.

“Probably, he might have set his own key-performance indicator (KPI) and if he can’t reach that KPI, he might step down,” Abdul Karim told reporters after his visit to Sarawak Museum Campus at its site office here yesterday.

He was commenting on David’s decision to take a rest with immediate effect from Wednesday until the end of the season.

David stressed that there were no pressure from any party, adding that the decline in the performance of the state team was the main reason why he had decided to take a rest.

He said as a professional coach, he was responsible for the three consecutive defeats which is not good for the team.

During his absence, assistant coach Pengiran Bala will lead the Crocs for the remainder of the season.

Besides hoping that Pengiran could bring the team further, Abdul Karim also hoped that the players would not be demoralised by David’s decision to leave half way through the season.

On the performance of the state team, Abdul Karim lamented how he wished for Aladdin’s magic lamp so that he could ask the genie to change the team ‘into a very good team’.

“Every state wishes to see their team to be successful because football is the number one sport in the country. We have tried and tried but we didn’t seem to be able to achieve it.

“I hope who ever takes over (the team) can come up with some miracles and turn the team into a good team.”

Despite their poor performance, Abdul Karim believed that the Crocs did not really fail in their campaign, as they managed to register three wins and five draws along with seven defeats in the Super League so far this season.

Sarawak are now third bottom in the standings with 14 points (10th position) and they have not won any match in their Malaysia Cup campaign.

David’s best achievement was leading Sarawak to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup. -TheBorneoPost

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