KUALA LUMPUR: Former player and head coach of the nationwide squad Datuk M. Kuppan has handed away on the age of 85.
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), in an announcement on Thursday, mentioned that Kuppan – who was a nationwide player within the 60s and coached the nationwide squad through the 70s – will likely be buried in Butterworth, Penang.
Born in Bukit Mertajam on Oct 14, 1936, Kuppan was fondly identified for the the nicknames Harimau Bintang or Black Panther from Penang and Jetboots because of his agility and tempo.
Kuppan began his enjoying profession with Penang as a striker and proper winger on the age of 19, and was a member of the nationwide squad coached by Choo Seng Quee, that received the Pestabola Merdeka title in 1958, 1959 and 1961.
Plying his commerce through the period of legends similar to Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Minhat, Sexton Lourdes, Edwin Dutton, Ahmad Nazari Min Zohari, Yusof Bakar, M. Govindaraju, Majid Ariff and Rahim Omar, Kuppan was additionally a member of the nationwide squad that received the gold on the 1961 SEAP Games, however was not chosen for the Asian Games in 1962.
He began his teaching profession after attending a training course in 1972, and led Penang to the 1974 Malaysia Cup earlier than profitable the 1976 Pestabola Merdeka with the nationwide squad.
After retiring, he based the Blue Cross Sports Club and turned an advisor to the Blue Star academy.
Kuppan was provided to turn into the nationwide coach once more in 1988 however turned it down and the job was taken up by Englishman Richard Bate. — Bernama