K. Rajagobal returns to coaching with PKNS FC

Malaysia’s sole AFF Suzuki Cup-winning coach K. Rajagobal has returned from an 18-month hiatus after taking charge of PKNS FC.

The 61-year-old was on Tuesday unveiled as the new coach of the Super League outfit.

Rajagobal is best known for leading Harimau Malaya to becoming Southeast Asian champions in 2010, which remains the only time they have won the Suzuki Cup.

After stepping down from the national team in 2013, he took a two-year break before taking charge of Sarawak at the end of 2015, an ill-fated spell which lasted less than half a year.

However, the chance to take charge of a side he has plenty of history with proved to be attractive enough to convince Rajagobal to step into the hot seat again on a one-year deal.

“I am back where I started my career as a footballer and staff,” he said, according to the New Straits Times.

“With my experience, I hope to repay them what they have done for me.

“What also made me really interested in coming here is that PKNS have one of the best development structures.

“They have the facilities and a long-term plan to achieve success.”

Rajagobal played for PKNS as a striker and then began his coaching career with the Selangor-based side, and has over 22 years of involvement with the club.

He would have undoubtedly looked on with interest this year as PKNS achieved mid-table mediocrity in their first season back in the top flight following promotion from the Premier League.

“We have to be realistic,” Rajagobal added.

“Definitely, we want to do better than last season and give the other teams a challenge.

“We also want to be respected by the other teams.

“It is going to be difficult but I feel like I’m 21 again and I’m excited about the challenge.”

Photo credit: PKNS FC

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