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Sunday, November 18, 2012

FOOTBALL Nat'l coach to attend AFC course

National coach Kwon Oh-son (L) overseeing a training session during last month's ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup 2012 qualifiers in Myanmar. The South Korean returned to his country to sit for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Professional Diploma and will receive the prestigious 'P' licence upon completion.Picture: BTfile 
Sunday, November 18, 2012

KWON Oh-son is looking to be the first coach in Brunei to receive an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Professional Diploma after returning to South Korea on Friday to sit for the most advanced coaching course in Asia.

The national football coach was given an invitation to attend the Nov 21-30 course and gain the highly prized 'P' licence by the Korean Football Association (KFA), who in 2006, became the first football association in Asia to introduce the four-module course.

The AFC website states that the course is conducted exclusively by the AFC on a biennial basis for coaches who have an AFC "A" licence.

However, the KFA has been allowed to organise the course to provide more opportunities to professional team coaches for keeping themselves abreast of the latest in coaching techniques.

The course comprises three sessions in a year, including programmes like fitness conditioning, game and strategy analysis, professional club management, sport medicine, sport psychology, communication and club visits.

Kwon also said that further requirements include a 5000 word dissertation and an attachment with a foreign club.

Kwon has had a memorable year in football after guiding the national Under-21 team to victory in the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy (HBT) which the Sultanate hosted in March and helmed the national team's campaign at last month's AFF (ASEAN Football Federation) Suzuki Cup 2012 qualifiers in Myanmar, where their two win-two loss record prevented them from qualifying for the tournament-proper.

However, the first thing on his mind when met prior to leaving was how best to express his gratitude for the fans' support in 2012.

Though he spoke via his son as an interpreter, it soon became obvious that the main reason he decided to sit for the course was so he could better serve Brunei football fans.

"I want to thank the fans for their support throughout the HBT and the rest of the year ... and I hope they will continue doing so," said the South Korean when met recently.

"I feel it's my responsibility to make the fans happy ... And no matter what the situation, I always have to do my best for them.

"(That is why) it is my desire to (be able to) teach at the highest level and to the latest standards applicable for national and club teams.

"KFA are conducting the course to produce high-level coaches who have the expertise to coach in Europe ... and I feel lucky to have been given the chance to sit for it," he said.

Though the course will take a year to complete, Kwon will return to Brunei - after a deserved month-long break to recharge his batteries - eager to apply what he has learnt so far.

"When I come back in December I plan to carry out trials in all the four districts to find players for next year's SEA Games in Myanmar," he said.

"I feel we can't always rely on the same players. We have to give a chance for new players (to emerge). (Only if we) keep scouting will we improve," he insisted.

Despite coming to Brunei in 2004 to take charge of the country's football set-up, Kwon still enjoys a strong relationship with the KFA.

KFA president Cho Jung-yeon, who upon hearing that Kwon is in charge of the national team, donated 300 balls to the country last year - an unprecedented gift for Brunei football.

No doubt, the country will be receiving an even greater gift from KFA when Kwon gets his 'P' license.
The Brunei Times

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