Monday, November 16, 2015


RD Heads To Malaysia

It's finally confirmed. Rahmad Darmawan will coach T Team in Malaysia's Premier League next season making him the second Indonesian coach to try his luck overseas after Rudy Eka Priyambada headed to Bahrain to take a position with Al Najaf earlier in the year.

RD, as he is better known, saw success with Persipura and Sriwijaya in the mid to late naughties but has found lifting a trophy harder to achieve in more recent seasons with clubs like Persebaya and Persija known for their management issues.

A familiar sight on the touchline with his trademark baseball cap, RD has also flitted in and around the national team on a number of occasions without leaving his mark.  In fact his downturn in fortunes pretty much has coincided with the mess that has enveloped football in Indonesia since 2011 so let's hope the relative calm of Malaysian football (!) can allow the Lampung born coach to focus on the training field alot more.

It remains to be seen whether RD brings any Indonesian players with him to Malaysia though it would be good to see Evan Dimas for example try his luck in a more professional league.

Hopefully he can rediscover his mojo in the north east of Malaysia and if he needs any advise about his new side he could always ask Patrich Wanggai who had a short spell there in 2014.

Interestingly RD says he chose T Team over Super League side Terangganu...


2005 - Liga Indonesia with Persipura
2007/08 - Liga Indonesia with Sriwijaya
2007 - Indonesian Cup with Sriwijaya
2009 - Indonesian Cup with Sriwijaya
2010 - Indonesian Cup with Sriwijaya

For the record only Jacksen F Tiago has been more successful in Indonesia in recent seasons and he to has turned to Malaysia to improve his career, joining Penang ahead of the 2015 season and guiding them to promotion from the Premier League. No doubt T Team, not as glamourous as Penang, will be hoping history repeats itself as they take the Indonesian route.

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