KOO Kien Keat-Tan Boon Hong can still perform at the top provided that they set a target of winning major titles.
This is former coach Rexy Mainaky’s advice who believes setting goals to win big titles will make the players focused.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong have hit rock bottom as a pair and have not won a super series title for more than three years.
Reaching the final of the 2010 World Championships final, when under Rexy’s guidance, is their best achievement in a major event.
"Kien Keat-Boon Heong can remain as a top pair but their minds should only be focused on winning the big (major) titles," said Rexy in Guangzhou yesterday.
"Once they are focused, they will work hard to achieve their target. They cannot win if they are just looking at doing well.
"You can have five coaches to train them but if the players don’t want to do it, there is no point."
Rexy, who is now Indonesia’s high performance director, said Mohammad Ahsan — who forms Indonesia’s current top pair with Hendra Setiawan — used to cite a back injury as an excuse but has shown marked improvement after changing his attitude.
"I consulted a top orthopaedic surgeon from the Phillipines to solve the problem and after a check-up, the problem was not in his back but in his mind.
"After getting a clean bill of health, I told Mohammad to work hard for one week and if he failed, he should retire. He came back with a changed attitude and has been working hard since then.
"Now Hendra-Mohammad are our target to win the men’s doubles world title, which we have been unable to do since 2007. The other target is in the mixed doubles."
Kien Keat-Boon Heong have received a free ride until the third round after both of their expected second round opponents withdrew and will play Hong Kong’s Lee Chun Hei-Ng Ka Long today before an expected quarter-final clash against Kim Ki Jung-Kim Sa Rang of South Korea in the last eight.