Kuala Lumpur: The President of Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) seemed determine to make some changes to the coaching structure of BAM after the Malaysian team failed to reach their target of advancing to the semi-final of the Sudirman Cup held in Gold Coast, Australia last month.
Norza has been meeting with number of former Malaysian national players such as Ong Ewe Hock, Wong Choong Hann recently, fueling speculation that he may want these former players including Lee Chong Wei’s former coach Datuk Misbun Sidek to return to BAM as part of a new coaching staff.
When asked about the matter by Malaysian reporters, Zakaria would not disclose the details of his plan.
“I’ve informed BAM’s technical director Morten Frost to suggest changes to the coaching structure in BAM,” said Zakaria.
“We will have more in-depth discussion about this on Thursday during the Coaching and Training (C&T) committee meeting,” added Zakaria.
“We are still in preliminary stage of the discussion. We may make changes to current team or add something else to it.”
“I don’t want to comment too much since there is a vetting process we must follow.”
Rumors were also swirling that it was Lee Chong Wei himself that wanted Misbun Sidek to rejoin BAM as his personal coach until Lee retired.
Misbun was head coach of the BAM in 2002 before he left the organization in 2011 as he was unhappy with the BAM management.