S’wak no hurry to name new gaffer

KUCHING: Football Association of Sarawak (FAS) are not in a hurry to sign a new head coach.

The Malaysia Premier League side have been without one since Farhan Abdullah was relieved of his duties following a string of defeats.

According to FAS secretary-general Jefry Lana, Sarawak are currently using the services of caretaker coach Mohd Denny Daail (pic).

“We’ll use whoever we have, and we have Denny. For now, we have yet to decide on the new coach,” said Jefry.

Denny has sat for his ‘A’ coaching certificate, and is waiting for the official decision from Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).

Jefry said FAS had received applications from five coaches keen to manage the 1997 Premier League champions.

“The candidates are from Singapore, Brunei and Peninsular Malaysia. In fact, there are a number of qualified coaches who had also enquired about the post,” Jefry explained.

“However, FAS are still in the evaluation process to find the best candidate.”

Sarawak are currently 10th in the 12-team Malaysia Premier League.

They have only won once — beating Penang FA 2-0 on Feb 9 — and lost four times from five games.

In the season opener on Feb 2, Sarawak lost 2-1 to Negeri Sembilan and they were beaten 3-2 by Selangor United FC on Feb 16.

In the Borneo derby on Feb 23, Sabah won 2-1 and Sarawak’s latest defeat was on March 2 when they were thumped 4-0 by UKM.

The March 9 game against Perlis was cancelled.