Badminton Association of MalaysiaTHE Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) today paved the way for former coach Datuk Misbun Sidek’s return to their stable, when they acknowledged the importance of having a local expert head their coaching team.

Appointing a foreign coach was deemed to be ‘not ideal’ by the Malaysian badminton’s governing body in a statement released today, considering the different mentality of Malaysian players.

“BAM over the years have had individuals from different countries in its coaching team, like Indonesia and China, with different coaching methods and systems including the Malaysian system. This is not ideal.”

“Thus, the individual we are seeking must be able to integrate these very different methods quickly, to develop our own unique systems and create a new winning formula,” BAM clarified their requirements for the position in the statement.

BAM went on to admit their preferred choice for the role would be a Malaysian.

“BAM would prefer a homegrown Malaysian talent to head the capability and skills programme.

“We will make the announcement once we have interviewed various candidates and made our decision.”

With national icon and world No. 1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei throwing his support publicly behind his former coach, it is now difficult to see past Misbun for the association’s national training centre head position.

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