Hallyu craze is getting stronger in Southeast Asia. Another Korean leader takes the helm of a Southeast Asian team. ‘Technician’ coach Choi Moon-shik (52) takes the helm of Malaysia’s Kelantan.
On the 12th, Global Sports Plus Kim Se-hyun and PNJ Corporation Park Min said, ‘Director Choi Moon-shik will rise to the command tower of Kelantan. Kelantan strongly sent a love call to Choi from last year. After final coordination, director Choi accepted Kelantan’s proposal.” The club also announced the appointment of coach Choi through the official SNS (social network service) channel on the 12th. 먹튀검증
Coach Choi has used technical soccer since his days as a player, enough to be called the ‘original technician’. He is a Pohang legend and has experience in the Japanese J-League. As a coach, he also served as the head coach of the national youth team. Notably, in 2015, he also won the Under-22 King’s Cup. After that, he worked as a manager for Daejeon Hana Citizen.
Behind Coach Choi’s advance into Malaysia, there was an active courtship from the owner of Kelantan. It is known that Kelantan’s owner highly appreciates coach Choi’s FC Barcelona and Man City-style technical football. There is also an expectation of physical leadership unique to Korea. In addition, the success of the Korean leader in the recent Southeast Asian Football Federation (AFF) Mitsubishi Cup was also a background that shook the owner’s heart. Three teams led by Korean leaders advanced to the semifinals of the Mitsubishi Cup. The main characters are Park Hang-seo from Vietnam, Shin Tae-yong from Indonesia, and Kim Pan-gon from Malaysia.
Director Choi will leave for Malaysia on the morning of the 12th after finishing the signing. He will play a few practice matches in Malaysia before moving on to Thailand. He plans to prepare for the full-fledged season from February after checking player skills through a practice game against Buriram (Thailand) from the 15th. Kelantan reached the top division this year after finishing second in the second division last season. The goal is to rise to the top.
Meanwhile, coach Choi is accompanied by former Pohang Steelers physical coach Park Hyo-joon. Coach Park will be in charge of assistant coach and physical. He has been a soccer player and coach for over 10 years in Brazil. He served as a physical coach for Pohang Steelers for four years until 2022.