Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Malaysia call on Rush to solve striking woes
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Malaysian soccer chiefs are
hoping to inject some Anfield magic into their forward line
after recruiting Liverpool great Ian Rush to help solve the
country's goalscoring problems.
The country's soccer federation is planning an upheaval of
its national team after their embarrassing performance as
co-hosts of last year's Asian Cup.
Malaysia suffered humiliating defeats in all three of their
group matches and scored only one goal.
As part of the revamp, national team coach B. Sathianathan
will spend three weeks with English Premier League champions
Manchester United, working alongside former Real Madrid coach
Carlos Queiroz, Alex Ferguson's number two.
Khairy Jamaluddin, deputy president of the Football
Association of Malaysia, told local media that Malaysia were
struggling because of their poor quality strikers.
'Rush will be here in March... we know that our strikers
are not doing very well so they should learn from him,' Khairy
'It is important that our coaches get experience with an
international team. Sathianathan will be shadowing Carlos
Queiroz for the three weeks.'
Sathianathan, who replaced Norizan Bakar last August, told
Tuesday's Star Newspaper: 'This a great chance for me to learn
from the best.
'The national team will not be in training during that
period and I can spend time learning and looking at ways to
further improve our team.
Malaysia were eliminated in the first round of qualifiers
for the 2010 World Cup in November and have never gone beyond
the group stages of the Asian Cup.