EXCLUSIVE: V. Selvaraj confirmed as SAF FC coach for 2013 season

The current Warriors assistant coach will take charge of the club next season, contrary to earlier rumors that ex-Tampines coach Vorawan Chitavanich would fill the vacancy

Singapore Armed Forces Football Club (SAFFC) chairman Lam Shiu Tong has confirmed to Goal.com Singapore that former Singapore national player V. Selveraj will be succeeding the departing Richard Bok at the end of the season.

Lam said that the players have been informed of the developments, and that both them and the management are looking forward to having a close working relationship with Selvaraj in the new S.League campaign.

Bok was informed by Lam a few weeks ago that his contract at eight-time S.League champions SAFFC would end this year, but there were still question marks as to who would replace him at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium.

This confirmation from Lam also quashes rumors that former Thailand national player and ex-Tampines Rover coach Vorawan Chitavanich would take the SAFFC hot-seat.

Bok had orchestrated the club's most successful period from 2006 to 2009, during which time they won the title for three consecutive seasons, in addition to capturing the Singapore Cup in 2007 and 2008.

In regional competitions, he led the club to two successive quarter-finals in the Asian Football Confederations Cup, or AFC Cup, in 2007 and 2008. The Warriors also made it to the group stages of the prestigious AFC Champions League in 2009 and 2010.

However, despite being one of the most successful coaches in SAFFC's illustrious history, Bok has not had any success since their most recent title win in 2009.

The current 2012 campaign saw them get off to a poor start, which has left them languishing in mid-table now. Virtually out of the title race and with only five more games to play, they look set for their worst-ever league finish under Bok.

Bok is keeping his future plans close to himself for now, but hinted at the possibility of moving abroad: “Nothing is confirmed yet. It can be a local club, but if there is an overseas opportunity, I will look at it.”