Despite the success of the Japanese team in the Thomas Cup, many are not aware that the team was assisted by a Malaysian.
That person is Izuan Ibrahim. The Kelantan-born is the coach of Japan second singles shuttler Kento Momota who defeated Chong Wei Feng in straight sets 21-15, 21-17.
Momota’s victory gave Japan the 2-1 lead in the finals in New Delhi.
Izuan a former teacher who is now serving as youth coach of Japan’s national team under the banner of Nihong Badminton Association and the RS Hamanaka.
In his Facebook, Izuan also posted a status praising Zulfadli Zulkifli who defeated Momota in the semifinals of the World Junior Badminton Championships in 2011.
“In 2011, I was happy for Zulfadli when he won the Championships and was also sad because I failed to help Momota in the semi finals.
“However in 2014, Momota’s has matured a lot and he has defeated many great players. Now, I feel sorry for Zulfadli’s position,” as posted on his Facebook.
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