Judan Ali, a former Technical Director of Persela Lamongan and head coach of Tira Persikabo of the Indonesian Super League, is the new Technical Director of the Maldives national football team. Ali also had a stint coaching football in Hong Kong, where he applied his footballing philosophy to the local football scene.
Bassam Adeel Jaleel, the president of the Football Association of Maldives, announced the appointment recently.
“When I was elected as president of the football Association of Maldives, I had a vision to focus on bringing success, not just for the short or mid term, but to the long term development of youth football here in the Maldives. Where a national team can evolve from youth, so they can promise us they can bring continuous success for the future. Now my team and everyone here are excited that we have finally secured a long term position for Judan Ali as our technical director to complete this long term process and we are delighted that we can have Judan here in time for our must win World Cup qualifier in March 2020 against China.”
The Maldives next World Cup match is away in China in March 2020.