PETALING JAYA: National doubles coach Pang Cheh Chang is confident that Paulus Firman’s impending departure will not have any immediate effect on the doubles squad.
Indonesian Paulus, who only joined the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) 10 months ago, tendered his resignation at the end of last month, citing family problems.
He will serve out his contract until the end of this month.
Cheh Chang, however, believes that once he has sorted out the doubles pairings with Paulus, there will not be any more changes ... at least until the BAM bring in a new coach.
“I have this programme that I planned with Paulus and it involves all the new pairs we have on hand ... so there will not be any changes for now,” said Cheh Chang.
“There should be no changes to the training programme at least until December and everything will just go on as usual.
“For now, I’m just focused on the players that I have ... until the BAM management tells me differently. I’m pretty confident that they will make a good decision soon.”
Cheh Chang is now overseeing the new combinations of Lim Khim Wah-Ow Yao Han, Goh V Shem-Teo Kok Siang, Chooi Kah Ming-Teo Ee Yi, Nelson Heg-Tan Wee Gieen, Low Juan Shen-Tai An Khang and Tan Yip Jiun-Yew Hong Khong at the Malaysia International Challenge satellite tournament in Kuching.
“This is the first tournament for these new pairs and I need to be there to see how they match up, especially since there will be pairs from Indonesia and Taiwan who can give them a real fight,” said Cheh Chang.
“They have been training consistently for the past seven weeks and I’m confident that they are ready for tournaments now.
“I’m not putting too much pressure on them at all ... I just want them to show me what they can do. Naturally, I’m hoping that these pairs will reach the semi-finals or even better because just making the quarter-finals is not good enough.
“Most importantly, I hope to see the likes of Khim Wah and V Shem, who have the most experience after playing in the Super Series and GP Gold events, take charge on court.”
With Cheh Chang in Kuching, mixed doubles coach Jeremy Gan has been tasked with handling the top two pairs – Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong – in the China Open, which starts today in Shanghai.