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Head Coach for the Team
Member, Croatian National Team As Well As Teams
Division One league
Dragic who speaks little English needed the help of the Rhinos' head coach Drago Mamic to make this interview possible.DRAGO TO ADDRESS INCONSISTENCY KOTA KINABALU: Although it may have taken him quite a while, but Drago Mamic may have finally found or identified the root of the problem that has been haunting the Rhinos for the last few seasons , the lack of consistency.
Kota Kinabalu: New chief coach, Drago Mamic, has vowed to help Sabah achieve success, which has proven elusive, in the 2006/07 football season that kicks-off in less than three weeks. Mamic who had tasted success not only in his hometown but also China wants to prove that he can change the Rhinos' fortunes. He was in the Croatian national youth team set up for five years apart from being head coach for the Under-21 team. "I had a fantastic coaching stint previously where the team that I've coached won numerous titles," said Mamic, 53, soon after the signing ceremony. Mamic said he had worked with the Croatian national team as well as teams in the Division One league. Soon after that he headed for China where he spent seven years since 2000 with three teams that had all played in major football tournaments at Asian level. "Luck had nothing to do with the success we gained during that timeÃ‰ everything was done through hard work," he said, adding, every minute must be planned and programmed in order to succeed. "If you have results, everything will be good but if there are no results then everything will not turn out right," he said. Having said that, Mamic is aware of the huge task that awaits him during his stint with the Rhinos.
The Rhinos are currently coach-less after the FA decided not to renew the contract of Croatian coach Drago Mamic, whose contracts ends at the end of last season.
Former player, Burhan Ajui, who was the assistant to Drago, is currently in charge of the team. Tags: Ahmad Tharmini Saiban, Chow Chee Wing, Drago Mamic, Gasili Pengalot, Hishamuddin Othman, Justin Ganai, Kelly Tham, Mafry Balan, Mohd Asyraaf Fung Abdullah, Munir Imran, Rahman Zakaria, Stanley Chew
And during these trials, Jamie, who also had a stint with Bolton Wanderers in the English Premiership, impressed the FA Selectors including its head coach Drago Mamic.KOTA KINABALU: Drago Mamic is satisfied with the team's progress in their preparations ahead of the new season that kicks off next month.The striker in question is personally recommended by his countryman, Drago Mamic who is the Rhinos' head coach.The New Sabah Times Sport was told that Drago has been given the green light to bring the player.But due to the unavailability of flights from his home country, his arrival in the State has been delayed.He is now on the waiting list and would make his journey to Sabah upon the availability of a flight with November 16 probably his departure date from Zagreb.Read more ...
If the deal materialises, this is going to be a big catch for the Sabah FA, at least according to the Rhinos' head coach Drago Mamic, who personally recommended the player."He is one of the top strikers in the Croatian League.I know him personally, but I'm not going to reveal his identity until everything is finalised," Drago said."At the moment, I can rate the negotiations as 70 percent done," he added.According to Drago, he has the blessings from the team management as well as the FA's top brass in negotiating with the player."I'm getting very good support from the management as well as the President.They have given me a free hand, and I hope this deal will go through.Drago also hinted that besides the said player, a Serbian striker is also expected to be here for trials.As for the former Flamengo striker Flavio Barros as well as former Brazilian midfielder Zee Alias, both players are unlikely to come due to the fault of their agents. Meanwhile, Drago said that the team's preparations will go on as planned despite a possible postponement to the start of the new season.He said that he only needs to make a little adjustment if the Premier League kicks off in December instead of this month.On the possible postponement, he said that there is the positive effect as well as the negative effect.The positive effect, he said, is that it will give all teams more time to prepare while the negative effect is that it might see tight fixtures for the new season."Like the recent season, playing seven or eight games was just too taxing for the players.So I would rather start the season early than having to play seven to eight matches in a month.Nevertheless, Drago said that he will leave it to the authority to decide, pointing out that what is important is for the team to prepare well ahead of the new season.On the Rhinos' upcoming friendly games against DPMM of Brunei on Nov 4 in Labuan and a club from Indonesia in Tawau on Nov 10, Drago said he will be using the two matches to fine tune the team.See Page 29"I'll be looking at technical and tactical aspects of the game.From now on we will be working on these areas," he said.He also said that for the new season, he is not going to stick to one system, pointing out that he is still working on the best system that suits the players best."This is not a mere one job because when you look at the players, some of them play well in the 4-4-2 formation but some play better if we play the 3-5-2 formation."So for the time being, we will play a few formations from 4-4-2, 3-5-2 and 3-4-3.It will depend on the availability of the players."However, I will be looking to find a system that we will be sticking to, but this cannot be done in six months, as it takes some time to master it," Drago said.Overall, Drago is happy with the development of the team thus far ahead of the new season.Drago together with team manager Rahman Zakaria as well as the FA Executive Secretary Harry Baking will head to Kuala Lumpur today to attend the managers' and coaches' meeting.