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Rejected by Young Lions, Singaporean coach Aidil Sharin joins Indonesian side Persikabo 1973.

Jan 6, 2023

Singaporean coach Aidil Sharin Sahak has joined Indonesian Liga 1 side Persikabo 1973 in mid-season.

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He will take his first training session on 6 January after having agreed to terms only days ago. 

His move comes after his hopes of being appointed as Young Lions coach was dashed with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) choosing Philippe Aw as head coach over him.

He went through three rounds of interviews with various people within the FAS but was informed via email that he was not selected for the role on the day the announcement about Aw’s appointment was made. 

“I really wanted to contribute and do my part for Singapore football and it is disappointing that I could not join the Young Lions,” Aidil said in a phone chat from Jakarta. 

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“However, I am honoured to have been given this opportunity with Persikabo and am looking forward to the challenge.”

Persikabo is currently 9th in the standings having played 17 games so far.

His first match in charge would be against Persebaya Surabaya on 14 January, an away clash while his first match at home would be against Dewa United on 18 January.

Prior to Persikabo, Aidil was in charge of Kedah in the Malaysia Super League from 2019 to 2022, when he was not renewed in his role after the end of the last season.

It is understood that he was expected to take up a role with Penang but he decided to forgo the opportunity, while holding out for the Young Lions role which did not come through.

Before moving to Kedah, Aidil spent seven seasons with Home United as an assistant coach (2012 to 2016) and then as Head Coach (2016 to 2018).

Aidil was relatively successful in Kedah, leading them to fourth in the league standings in his first season in charge. 

In 2019, he led the Hijau-Kunings to the Malaysia FA Cup title and were also Malaysia Cup runners-up.

PHOTO: KEDAH

He also led Kedah to the runners-up position in the Super League behind Johor Darul Takzim in 2020 and 2021. 

MAIN PHOTO: KEDAH FA

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