- POSTED: 16 Dec 2013 20:26
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Former Under-15's coach Nazri Nasir has signed on with the LionsXII as assistant coach for next season.
SINGAPORE: Just a month after not having his contract renewed by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), former Under-15's coach Nazri Nasir has rejoined the local footballing fraternity.
The ex-national captain has signed on with the LionsXII as assistant coach for next season.
Nazri renews his relationship with head coach Fandi Ahmad, who was confirmed as the new Lions chief earlier this month.
The pair played together during Singapore's Malaysia Cup days in the 1990s.
Nazri was also captain when Fandi coached the Singapore Armed Forces Football Club from 2000 to 2002.
"I am very happy. It's like a dream to work with Fandi as a coach. I am grateful and want to show my heartfelt gratitude to FAS for giving me this opportunity. I'm still learning and want to give back to FAS what it has given me over the years," Nazri said.
Despite having led the National Football Academy Under-15s, Nazri acknowledged that the LionsXII and the Malaysia Super League bring different demands.
"It is a huge step-up, definitely. The LionsXII will be a different ball game. I hope to earn their respect rather than making them listen to me because of my authority as a coach," he said.
"I want players to be serious in training, but I also hope there would be no barriers between coaches and players so that off the pitch, we are friends. I want them to feel good enough to talk to me about themselves and their families, not just about football." he added.