Akbar Nawas linked to Warriors' coaching job after Global-Cebu exit

Akbar Nawas linked to Warriors' coaching job after Global-Cebu exit
From ESPN - January 10, 2018

The reign of Singaporean coach Akbar Nawas at Philippines Football League (PFL) outfit Global-Cebu FC has come to an end, with former assistant Marjo Allado installed as interim boss.

The 42-year-old former Tampines Rovers boss had arrived last May as a technical consultant before taking the top job a month later.

His exit comes as a surprise after overseeing improvements in the ambitious side during his six months in charge, and opens the door to taking over at Warriors FC.

The S.League outlet had announced Mirko Grabovac as their coach for the 2018 season.But The Straits Times reported that the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) are unlikely to approve his appointment.

The Croatian is a former candidate of the Foreign Sports Talent scheme, but contentiously renounced his citizenship after retirement and returned to Europe.

Akbar can look back with reasonable satisfaction after becoming the first Singaporean to coach a Philippine club.

Global finished runners-up in the inaugural PFL season after losing 4-1 to rivals Ceres-Negros in the final. They also collected second place as foreign invitees in the Singapore Cup, losing 3-2 to Japanese S.League side Albirex Niigata (S) after a 2-2 draw in 120 minutes in November's final.

Akbar finished second in the 2016 S.League behind Albirex and lost the Singapore Cup final to the White Swans in 2016 when he was in charge at Tampines.

Meanwhile, Marjo is no stranger to the Global hot seat, having also served as caretaker in early 2017 for a few months after Japanese coach Toshiaki Imai's departure.


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