Reported in today's Straits Times (Summarized and modified): Ex-Indonesian National Coach's Appointment Ends 2-year Search When Mulyo Handoyo, who coached Ronald Susilo and other men singles players, left for Indonesia in January 2004 to train Taufik Hidayat, he left a vacuum which was 'temporarily' filled by SBA's technical director, Zheng Qingjin. Only now that Zheng managed to convince the SBA to employ Indonesia's ex-national coach, Asep Suharno, to replace Mulyo for a 2-year contract with an option to renew for another 2 years. It appears that the 37-year old Asep, who has coached Taufik Hidayat and Sony Kuncoro during his 5 years as Indonesian coach, is known not only to Zheng, (who has coached in Indonesia I presume apart from China) but also to Ronald when both were with Indonesia's Pusdiklat Pelita Jaya Jakarta before Ronald's departure for studies in Singapore in 1994. To this extent, Asep's first overseas assignment has been made easier. Asep's experience with Sony may come in useful for Ronald, who is now making a return to full training after his Achilles tendon injury. Many may know that Sony himself had to undergo two operations after the 2004 Olympics to win the Asian Championships in September 2005 and apparently Asep had a part to play in Sony's recovery. All eyes will be on how Ronald will progress to prepare for the forthcoming Melbourne Commonwealth Games in March. He did not play in the recent Manila SEA Games. Kendrick Lee, another of Singapore's hopeful, should be more relieved now, with both Asep and Ronald around to help in training, Ronald being his closest sparring partner. It appears that the SBA has interviewed a number of coaches from China and Indonesia and finally settled for Asep. We wish Asep well and hope he can raise our men's singles standard a notch higher.