Newly appointed coach for the Maldivian national football team Velizar Popov says that, team practices are needed at least once a week, in order to prepare for the upcoming tournaments.
Popov was unveiled as the new head coach of the national team, last night, before the final match of the People’s Cup kicked off.
Addressing his first press conference as the new head coach at the FAM House today, Popov said that, in order to prepare for the SAFF Championship and the World Cup Qualifiers, he wants the national team to practice at least once a week. Popov said that he is in talks with FAM to facilitate practice sessions, once a week.
Popov said that, before emerging victorious from a tournament, there are issues related to the team that need to be addressed.
Noting that it is his privilege to be appointed the head coach of the Maldivian team, Popov acknowledged the responsibility that has been placed on him. He insisted that he did not come to Maldives on vacation, but to carry out his responsibility. Popov said that he wants the national team to win the tournaments that they compete in.
The 39 year old Bulgarian is already popular among Maldivian football fans, thanks to his success as New Radiant’s coach in 2012. Under his guidance, New Radiant won the Dhivehi League in 2012, with no defeats. He also ushered New Radiant into the top 8 of the AFC Cup, in addition to securing them the charity shield, and FA Cup.
Former coach of Maziya Ismail Mahfooz (Imma) and former national team captain Assad Abdul Ghani will be Popov’s assistants.