Football: Local coaches make their mark overseas

Singaporeans Akbar Nawas (holding file) and K. Balagumaran are head coach and assistant coach, respectively, of current I-League table-toppers Chennai City.
Singaporeans Akbar Nawas (holding file) and K. Balagumaran are head coach and assistant coach, respectively, of current I-League table-toppers Chennai City.PHOTO: COURTESY OF AKBAR NAWAS
Singaporean Firdaus Kassim has been assistant coach at Thai clubs Muangthong United (this year) and Chainat Hornbill (the previous two years).
Singaporean Firdaus Kassim has been assistant coach at Thai clubs Muangthong United (this year) and Chainat Hornbill (the previous two years).PHOTO: COURTESY OF MUANGTHONG UNITED

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In his 20 years in football coaching, Akbar Nawas has seen his fair share of skirmishes when things get heated on the pitch.

But even the Chennai City coach was shocked when the assistant referee challenged him to a fight at half-time after Akbar asked the main referee about some decisions in their 2-1 I-League win over Aizawl FC last month.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 30, 2018, with the headline 'Local coaches make their mark overseas'. Print Edition | Subscribe