Football

FACT FILE

Name: Firdaus Kassim 

Age: 28 

Current club: Chainat FC 

Previous coaching experience (selected): 

FAS Junior Centre of Excellence 

National Football Academy U-14 assistant coach 

Hougang United U-18 coach 

Favourite clubs: Geylang International, Liverpool 

Favourite local player: I don't have a favourite, but I admire Safuwan Baharudin (PDRM FA). He's very versatile and very seldom disappoints. 

Biggest coaching influences: No one in particular. I admire coaches who don't have a playing background, like Jose Mourinho, Andres Villas-Boas, and Rafa Benitez. I can also relate to Brendan Rodgers, who spent 10 years in youth football, allowing him to experiment with new ideas without fear of losing his job. 

It's something I've tried to do during my time as a youth coach. 

Coaching dreams: I would love to contribute to local football in a capacity where I can give significant input. Working in the national set-up would be the long-term goal, but at the moment, I think the youth set-up in Singapore needs a lot of fixing, so that's where I'm looking to contribute.