I totally agree on what Rexy Mainaky and the coaching panel is doing. You don’t perform you sit out. You play shit, you are dropped. This will spur the players to work and focus harder during trainings and match day.
We have no time for under achievers!
The second ranked national men’s pair of Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif have to pay a heavy price for their poor start to the season at the Malaysian Open last week.
Yesterday, the duo were omitted from the squad for the centenary All-England championships, which will be held in Birmingham from March 9-14.
At the Malaysian Open, Fairuzizuan-Zakry were beaten in the first round by former world champions Tony Gunawan-Howard Bach of the United States and their early exit did not go down well with the coaching panel.
And to make it worse, national doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky announced that only the reigning Malaysian Open champions, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, were assured of places in the team for the Thomas Cup Finals, which will be held in May.
Rexy has thrown the challenge to the beleaguered Fairuzizuan-Zakry to prove their worth at the Swiss Open in Basel from March 16-21.
He said that he had to be fair to all his players.
“As a coach, I have to treat everyone equally. Fairuzizuan-Zakry had been given a lot of opportunities. They have the experience but yet, there have been no good results from them,” said Rexy.
“They will skip both the German Open (March 2-7) and the All-England. We want them to work at home to iron out their problems. Let them be really prepared before going out again at the Swiss Open. I have spoken to them and they understood the situation.
“They (Fairuzizuan and Zakry) are also not guaranteed to be in the team for the Thomas Cup Finals. For now, the race is open for the second and third pairs. I will name them in April.”
Three back-up pairs are in contention for places in the team. They are Chan Peng Soon-Lim Khim Wah, Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong and Ong Soon Hock-Hoon Thien How. All of them have the chance to impress the coaches in the German Open.