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Harimau Malaya’s Unseen Heroes: AFC Asian Cup 2023 Backroom Staff Rally Behind Kim Pan-gon

In the lead-up to the AFC Asian Cup 2023, Malaysia’s national coach, Kim Pan-gon, is not alone in his quest for success. A meticulous assembly of both technical and non-technical personnel forms a formidable backroom staff, working tirelessly as the countdown to the opening match against Jordan begins.

Great Team Over Team of Greats: A Winning Philosophy

Embodying the philosophy that a great team surpasses a team of greats, Kim Pan-gon has surrounded himself with an extraordinary cast of unsung heroes. Seven technical staff members and 13 non-technical personnel, led by team manager Datuk Wira Kamarul Ariffin Mohd Shahar, contribute their expertise and dedication to the cause.

Veteran Support: S. Sivanasvaran’s Return

Among the non-technical support staff is veteran physiotherapist S. Sivanasvaran, whose professional journey with the Malaysian team dates back to the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in 1997. With nearly three decades of experience, Sivanasvaran has been an enduring figure, witnessing the team’s triumphs and challenges.

Continuity and Spirit: Kim’s Trusted Lieutenants

Since his arrival in early 2022, Kim has maintained continuity within his technical staff, fostering a sense of unity and shared purpose. Despite the departure of physical trainer Dr Gokhan Kandemir, who wished the team well from Turkey, the camaraderie and respect for Kim’s meticulous approach remain.

FAM’s Grand Ensemble: Biggest Supporting Cast Ever

Under the guidance of Datuk Kamarul, personally chosen by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president, the team boasts a comprehensive supporting cast. From media officers, photographers, and videographers to security personnel and nutritionists, FAM has assembled its most extensive support team yet, demonstrating a commitment to surpassing expectations in the tournament.

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Quiet Heroes Behind the Scenes: Regardless of Outcome

As the team prepares in Doha, the unsung heroes behind Harimau Malaya ensure every detail is meticulously attended to. From analyzing post-match performances to maintaining discipline and attending to players’ physical well-being, this dedicated backroom staff operates with diligence, devoid of the glitz and glamour but with a shared commitment to the team’s success.

Regardless of the outcomes in Doha, Kim’s team behind the team will persistently work behind the scenes, underscoring the importance of their contributions in the pursuit of victory.

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