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Interim coach Nidzam gets timely boost ahead of final

KEDAH caretaker coach Nidzam Adzha Yusof has received a timely boost ahead of his team’s FA Cup final showdown against Pahang at the Shah Alam Stadium tonight.

The Kedah FA are ready to give the 49-year-old until the end of the season to prove that he’s the right man to replace Tan Cheng Hoe, who left to join the national set-up last month.

Team manager Datuk Jeffrey Low said that the Kedah management is happy with how things have panned out since Nidzam took over on April 30.

The reigning Malaysian Cup champions are unbeaten in the three matches that Nidzam has been in charge of – one in the Super League and two in the FA Cup semi-finals.

After drawing 4-4 with PKNS in the Super League in his first match in charge, Nidzam led Kedah to a 4-0 aggregate victory in the FA Cup semi-final over Terengganu – 1-0 at home and 3-0 in the return leg.

As they head into the FA Cup final in high spirits, Nidzam can boost his chances of landing the job permanently by guiding Kedah to their first major trophy of the season.

And Jeffrey has backed Nidzam to deliver.

“Nidzam is shouldering a heavy responsibility tomorrow (today), but we have confidence in him,” said Jeffrey.

“If he wins the Cup, of course, he will be in a strong position (for the head coach role).

“In fact, we have already decided that he will be the caretaker coach until the end of the season.

“He has done a great job and things are going well. The management is very comfortable with him … and so are the players.”