Singapore Premier League • February 4, 2019

Balestier unveil Khidhir Khamis as new head coach


Photo: Balestier Khalsa
SINGAPORE, 4 FEBRUARY 2019 – Balestier Khalsa announced today afternoon that Khidhir Khamis will be their new man in charge for the 2019 Singapore Premier League (SPL) season.

At 33, Khidhir becomes the youngest ever head coach in SPL history and fills the void left by fan favourite Marko Kraljevic, who left last Saturday (26 January) to take charge of Malaysian Premier League side Kelantan.

“It is an honour for me to be able to lead the Tigers for the 2019 SPL season,” he said in a club statement on Facebook. “I’m excited to work with the management, technical staff and players and I’m sure all of us are raring to go. The season is long and we need everyone’s support to a successful 2019.”

Khidhir holds the distinction of being the youngest ever Asian Football Confederation (AFC) ‘A’ License-holder in ASEAN when he passed the course at 26 in 2013. The club has described him as “a dynamic and adaptable individual” with “14 years of job-related experience”.

The club added in a statement on their Facebook page: “At club level, the passionate Khidhir has handled Centre of Excellence levels at Geylang United FC (now known as Geylang International FC) in 2011 and 2012, and moved to Tanjong Pagar United FC a year later.”

Balestier chairman, S Thavaneson, declared that the appointment was “testament to the Club’s confidence that he will be able to guide and develop our very young squad”.

Khidhir has slightly under a month to prepare the Tigers for his first competitive assignment, which takes place on 2 March against the Young Lions in their league opener at Jalan Besar Stadium.

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