Malaysian coach launches fitness report cards for players

Updated on Feb 07, 2008 09:52 PM IST
Poor fitness has been a major problem for the Malaysian national team and B.Sathianathan is determined to make sure his players perform their exercises regularly when they are with their state and club teams.
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Reuters | By, Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia's soccer coach is introducing individual report cards for his players so he can keep tabs on their fitness levels.

Poor fitness has been a major problem for the Malaysian national team and B.Sathianathan is determined to make sure his players perform their exercises regularly when they are with their state and club teams.

"There is no short-cut to success and the players must understand that they have the bigger share of the burden and that is to constantly work on their game and keep themselves fit at all times," Sathianathan told The Star newspaper.

The report cards were inspired by German sports science coach Dr Uwe Freimuth, who came up with the concept for the Malaysian national hockey team.

Sathianathan said he would be developing his own system while setting his players reasonable targets.

Sathianathan's report card announcement comes a day after Malaysian soccer chiefs said they had recruited Liverpool great Ian Rush to help solve the country's goalscoring problems.

The country's soccer federation is planning an upheaval of its national team after their embarrassing performance as co-hosts of last year's Asian Cup.

Malaysia suffered humiliating defeats in all three of their group matches and scored only one goal.

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