Perak FA has appointed former South Korean star defender, Jang Jung, as the interim coach for their Malaysia Cup campaign. The 48-year-old was part of Perak’s team during the early 1990s. He has been drafted to revive Perak’s fortunes with Norizan Bakar being given a temporary leave of absence.
Perak FA Chairman, Dato’ Zainol Padzi confirmed the appointment at a press conference recently. Jang signed a three-month deal to help the team in the upcoming Malaysia Cup campaign.
Jang Jung was previously the Sri Lankan national team coach, after initially guiding their Under-23 side. He had coaching stints with Geylang United and Balestier Khalsa in the Singapore League.
However, it remains to be seen whether Jang Jung can improve Perak’s fortunes in the Malaysia Cup. After finishing fourth in the recently concluded Super League, Perak has been placed in Group A for the Malaysia Cup draw, thus avoiding teams such as Kelantan, LionsXII and Selangor.
This year’s edition of the tournament will be an interesting one with the rise in stature of the second tier Premier League clubs. Armed Forces (ATM) were absolutely superior winning the Premier League title and they have signalled their intent of making an impression in the Malaysia Cup. The list also includes Pahang, who outclassed three Super League sides to win the play-offs that guaranteed them a spot in the Super League next year.
With these strong sides in the same grouping, the prospect of Perak having some tough fixtures is definitely there. Nevertheless, they will be banking on their import duo, Michal Kubala and Albert Bodjongo, to spur them on.
Both men were equally influential during the Super League campaign, with Kubala finishing the season as Perak’s top scorer. The Slovakian midfielder’s set-piece capabilities are already well-known throughout the nation. Therefore, opposing teams will definitely keep a keen eye on him. And despite arriving on the scene a little late, Bodjongo has been successful in exerting his influence on the team with some inspirational performances upfront.
If Jang Jung can find the right formula, Perak could be in for an entertaining journey in the Malaysia Cup.