Friday, May 6, 2011

"King Raja" to speak

THE architect of Malaysia’s soccer success the past two years and Azkals coach Hans Michael Weiss will be among the featured speakers in the First Philippine Football Conference on May 14-15 at the San Beda College in Mendiola.

Krishnasamy Rajagobal, fondly known as "King Raja" to Malaysia soccer fans, will share his know-how and experience in the two-day meeting organized by the technical department of the Philippine Football Federation headed by former national coach Aris Caslib.

While Rajagobal is known to Filipino football aficionados for guiding Malaysia to its first AFF Suzuki Cup championship last year, the 55-year-old Selangor native endeared himself to his countrymen by steering the Malaysian booters to the gold medal in the 2009 Laos Southeast Asian Games.

Malaysia stunned fancied Vietnam 1-0 in the finals to clinching the men’s football gold and end a 20-year drought in the regional event.

"It brings everybody (in local football) updated on the latest trends and developments in the sport," said PFF Luzon regional technical director Alberto Honasan, a former national player.

"Now that we’re riding the crest of football popularity, we should also have a basic understanding why this is all happening," Honasan said.

"This will help the local football community understand and underscore what the Philippines is now up against in the level of Southeast Asian, Asian and world football," he stressed.

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