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The national rugby squad in action during the match against South Africa at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, in Birmingham, the United Kingdom, on July 29, 2022. — Picture by BERNAMA

Mohd Saizul Hafifi quits as national men’s rugby 7s head coach

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 29 — National men’s seven-a-side (7s) rugby head coach Mohd Saizul Hafifi Md Noor has confirmed his resignation from the post effective this Saturday (December 31) after eight years of holding the responsibility.

The 38-year-old coach said his desire to resume his career as a Mathematics teacher at Sekolah Sukan Tunku Mahkota Ismail (SSTMI) in Bandar Penawar, Johor and to focus on his family were among the reasons for his resignation.

“I had actually tendered my resignation to Malaysia Rugby (KRM) last October but they told me to wait until the end of this year.

“I am actually still interested in becoming the coach of the national rugby squad if offered again one day, but not in the near future,” he said when contacted by Bernama today.

Mohd Saizul Hafifi also expressed his gratitude for being given the trust to lead the national squad from 2015 until he was able to make history by helping the national team win their first gold medal in the men’s rugby 7s category at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

Earlier, KRM in a statement announced the resignation of Mohd Saizul Hafifi as the head coach of the national men’s 7s rugby team when his contract with the National Sports Council (MSN) and KRM ends this Saturday and expressed appreciation for his contribution over the years.

However, for now, KRM has not yet finalised the name of the new head coach. The matter is being looked into by KRM Director of Coaching Lee Nyuk Fah and KRM High-Performance Director Ahmad Naim Ismail.

— Bernama

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