Alagic to continue as Head Coach for 4-Nation tourney
By Mustaq Sydeen
Sri Lanka’s Head Coach Amir Alagic, who is also the Technical Director of Football Sri Lanka (FSL), will remain at the helm till January 2022. Keeping in mind the Four Nation tournament scheduled to begin from 8 November, FSL has taken this decision. Earlier Football Sri Lanka announced that Alagic will be released from his Head coach duties after the SAFF Championship but will continue to function as Technical Director to overlook the technical strategy and pathways for the next generation of young players.
It is learnt due to lack of time to bring down another qualified foreign coach before the Four Nation tournament, Alagic has been requested to continue. “Amir Alagic will continue till the Four Nation tournament. We have already shortlisted four top foreign coaches and expect to finalize selection of the most suitable one and bring him down by January. Our present Head coach Alagic, however, will continue to function as our Technical Director,” sources at FSL revealed. Apart from Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh and Seychelles are expected to take part in the four nation tournament.
This is the first time a tournament of this caliber will be hosted by Sri Lanka and it will definitely help develop local talent, while at the same time featuring worldrenowned stars. Reportedly FSL have also arranged a training camp in Doha, Qatar to prepare for the tournament and the team is expected to take wing on 20 October. Ceylon Today reliably learns the tournament can change the face of football in a country where cricket is almost a religion. More importantly, experts feel the event will prove a financial success and start of a new dawn in Sri Lankan Football.
Alagic replaced Nizam Pakeer Ali whose one-year contract ended in February 2020. After the appointment of the Bosnian specialist the Golden Army have had some inspirational performances on the pitch, which proves beyond doubt their ability on the field. Alagic came to Sri Lanka as one of the most high-profile foreign coaches in its footballing history. There is no denying that Alagic faced situations that no previous head coach of the Sri Lankan football team had to endure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amid the resultant chaos, the Bosnian achieved his objective with an improved performance in the recently concluded SAFF Championship, and there is no doubt it has caught the imagination of the youth of the country. Alagic holds an UEFA Professional coaching license and has worked with many European and elite clubs in Asia. Alagic has a rich coaching career spanning 25 years, having coached clubs in countries such as Australia, Bosnia, Germany, USA, Brunei, India, Oman and Sweden.