Coach Bok's back

Coach Bok's back
(From left) Henan Jianye coach Tang Yaodong and captain Zhao Peng pose for a photograph with Singapore Armed Forces FC (SAFFC) captain Shahril Jantan and coach Richard Bok during a press conference on 12 April 2010, ahead of their upcoming AFC Champions League (ACL) clash.

The most successful coach in the Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League is back.

Richard Bok, who won four league titles and three RHB Singapore Cups with Warriors FC (then known as SAFFC) has taken over the reins of the Singapore Cubs team playing in the Prime League on a part-time basis.

The Cubs are effectively the national Under-19 team, and are made up mostly of players from the 2010 Youth Olympic Games squad.

In response to The New Paper's queries, a Football Association of Singapore (FAS) spokesman said: "The FAS has agreed terms with Richard Bok to appoint him as head coach of the National Under-19 team from June 1 on a one-year part-time contract.

"Richard will be working closely with (national head coach) Bernd Stange and FAS technical director Slobodan Pavkovic to prepare the team for competitive tournaments such as the Prime League and next year's pre-Olympic qualifiers."

In the statement, Bok said: "I am heartened to note that the FAS is committed to further enhancing its youth development programmes (and) I appreciate that (they are) always exploring opportunities for local coaches like myself to further enhance our capabilities whenever possible."

Since leaving the Warriors at the end of 2012 after 18 years as a player and then coach, Bok has been working as a manager executive at a local insurance company since March last year.

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