'A good opportunity to learn from these coaches' - Aide Iskandar on NexLions Cup coaching role

The former national captain relishes the opportunity to learn from top coaches in the inaugural youth competition and also refused to put to rest rumours of him taking over at CYL
     By Kenneth Tan

Abel Ferreira, Brian McClair and Rodolfo Borrell. These are the high-level European coaches Aide Iskandar will pit his coaching wits against in the next few days, and the former national defender believes he has all to gain from this experience.

"It's definitely a good opportunity to learn from these coaches," said the former national captain.

"I can learn a bit about [Manchester] United's style of play, at the same time I also had a chat with [Liverpool U19 coach] Rodolfo just now.

"He shared about his experience in coaching in the Barcelona youth team and he is actually the first European coach to coach Lionel Messi. It's good to learn from him about how to handle young players.

"It's good to see how the top coaches plan their titles and how I will be able to outwit them tactically."

With this being arguably his biggest coaching role to date, Aide revealed that he is actually thriving on the pressure.

"For me, it's actually good pressure to see how well I hold this team," he added.

"It's not easy but I've played at national level and captained the team for five years. I've also assisted Raddy (Avramovic) before, I learnt a lot from him. He's a sound tactical coach.

"That's the advantage I have. I'll definitely give the boys feedback on how they can approach big games and I have also been doing research on the other three teams as well."

The 37-year-old currently holds an AFC Pro-Diploma license and he revealed he is trying to get more overseas attachment opportunities to learn about coaching the game.

There has been talk about him taking over the Courts Young Lions coaching role, but he refused to confirm the rumors.

"I don't know, I can't answer that," he said.

"I'll leave it to FAS to decide. The focus for me now is to prepare this team well. If given the opportunity, I'll be more than happy to contribute."