Kim Pan-gon Enliven South Korean Coach Competition in ASEAN

Kuala Lumpur

Kim Pan-gon appointed as new coach Malaysian National Team. His presence adds to the list of original tacticians South Korea who has a career in southeast Asia.

The news of Kim Pan-gon’s joining was conveyed by the Malaysian Football Federation (FAM), Friday (21/1/2022). The 52-year-old coach was recruited to replace Tan Cheng Hoe who resigned after the AFF Cup 2020.

Kim Pan-gon is back in charge of the team after leaving the Hong Kong national team coach in 2017. His last position before going to Malaysia was Head of the South Korean Football Association (KFA) Coach Selection Committee.

“I think it’s time to get back on the pitch as a coach, because I think I did my best, even if it was just a small responsibility,” he said. Kim Pan-gon, quoted from Yonhap News Agency.

“Personally, I hoped to return to the pitch as a K-League team, but the timing was not right due to various circumstances such as the World Cup qualifying schedule that had already been decided,” he said.

Kim Pan-gon becomes the third South Korean coach currently in charge of the ASEAN national team. He followed in the footsteps of his two predecessors, Park Hang-seo and Shin Tae-yong.

Park Hang-seo gush Vietnam since 2017 and achieved various successes together The Golden Star. Shin Tae-yong appointed to train Indonesian National team in 2019.

Vietnam coach Park Hang-seo. (Photo: Rifkianto Nugroho/detikcom)

ASEAN countries are considered interested in bringing in a tactician South Korea because of their work ethic and values. Park Hang-seo’s success in Vietnam has also become a catalyst for a wave of Korean coaches in Vietnam southeast Asia.

This was conveyed by Lee Dong-jun, CEO of DJ Management who contributed to the appointment of Park Hang-seo as Vietnam’s coach. He acknowledged that the presence of South Korean coaches had a positive impact on Korea and ASEAN.

“Korean coaches are now mainstream in Southeast Asia. After the success of coaches Park Hang-seo, the preference for Korean coaches has increased in Southeast Asia due to the belief in values ​​etc,” Lee Dong-jun revealed.


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