Nat Juniors; Wallace accepts challenge but will Saiful stay.

Wallace Tan was surprised to be considered for the national juniors chief coach position,

But the Melaka born said he was ready to shoulder the task of negotiating the team part the qualifiers this June.

The Asia Junior Cup is scheduled from June 4-12 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Only the four semi finalist will qualify for the next Junior World Cup.

And in the fray are the likes of India, Pakistan, Japan, China, South Korea, Bangladesh and Oman.

“ Bo qualifier is easy and I can say the same this time around,” said the soft spoken Wallace.

“ I know it is no easy task given that we only have three months to prepare the team.

“ But I know the players as have handled them earlier in 2017 and 2018.”

Wallace will take over the head coach role from Nor Saiful Zaini who has now been relegated to the Assistant Coach role.

And it is learnt that Saiful will relinquish that position to allow Wallace to pick his own assistants, a professional decision that ought to be respected.

Wallace left the national body on December 31, 2018 and got the past year has not coached a team.

He was the coach of the Youth Olympics Hockey 5’s team that won gold.

He was then assisted by Megat Azrafiq, a coach that was Aldo terminated last December along with numerous other coaches.

“ We will only start training after the MHL ends and my training plan will be submitted to the national body soon,” added Wallace who is often seen sitting alone observing Hockey matches be it at national or international level.

Wallace was also the coach of the last juniors team that played in the Junior World Cup following Pakistan’s withdrawal,

“ This is a challenge I am willing to take and though the time is short, I believe we have the material to take us through the qualifiers,” added Wallace.

“ A playing tour is essential but this is all in early stage and once confirmed I will be able to provide more.”

Efforts to seek a comment from Saiful were futile as he is said to be busy preparing for a crucial MHL match against THT today,

However this can be considered a bitter blow to the former national skipper who had begun coaching these boys for the past four years.