Paulic appointed coach of SAR Under-23 squad

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 February, 2008, 12:00am

Former Golden striker Goran Paulic has been appointed coach of the newly set up Hong Kong Under-23 squad in preparation for the 2009 East Asian Games.

The 42-year-old Croat (pictured) played in the Hong Kong league from 1996 to 1999, originally with Rangers and later for Golden, and was with the Croatian Football Association when Brian Leung Hung-tak, chairman of the Hong Kong Football Association, met him last year during an exchange visit.

The FA chief added he might expand Paulic's coaching duties to other age groups if the Croat performs.

'We are offering him the job, hoping his experience will strengthen our teams in different age groups to provide a well-established feeder for the full Hong Kong team,' said Leung. 'Paulic knows Hong Kong football as he played here before and has been working on the coaching side since he left Hong Kong. I am sure his experience can help improve the squad.'

Leung said it would be important to field a strong home team for the East Asian Games, which Hong Kong are hosting.

The Croat will lead a 20-member squad, comprising the SAR's cream of up-and-coming players. The team will hold their first training session at Kowloon Tsai Park today.

Paulic played for Yugoslav side FC Dynamo as well as in the Malaysian semi-professional league before his arrival in Hong Kong in 1996, when he joined Rangers.