PETALING JAYA: Men’s doubles coaches Paulus Firman and Pang Cheh Chang have only worked together for the past 10 days, but they both agree that it is already too late to split the partnership of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong, ranked fifth in the world, have been performing poorly over the past two years and the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have gave them yet another ultimatum – deliver at the back-to-back Denmark and French Opens which are on from Oct 15-20 and Oct 22-27 respectively, or face separation.
Paulus and Cheh Chang however beg to differ and believe that it is better to keep the duo together while focusing on training the younger pairs to surpass them.
“Realistically speaking, if Kien Keat-Boon Heong were to be split, it should have been done much earlier,” admitted Cheh Chang.
“A country still needs at least one top pair and there is no guarantee that if we split them now the new partnerships will reach the level of Kien Keat-Boon Heong.