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Ma Pau ousts La Forest, Brazilian is new coach

Wednesday, January 21 2009

BRAZILIAN Ubirajara Veiga Da Silva has replaced Ron La Forest as the coach of Ma Pau SC with immediate effect.

And the 54-year-old Da Silva, who recently ended a stint at Club Sportiza in Sao Paulo, Brazil — he previously coached in Peru, Uzbekistan, Thailand, South Korea and India — will join the team when they participate in an invitational tournament later this month in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Ma Pau is expected to stage a press conference yesterday to announce their participation in the round-robin tournament, but it will not be under La Forest, who guided the club through their initial season in the 2008 Pro League.

In a recent article on the Pro League’s website, the club’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) John Wallace noted that it was a decision by the board members to seek a coach with more experience to oversee the running of the team.

“We are looking to the development of our players, especially from the youth level,” he said.

“We weren’t seeing this last season with Ron (La Forest) and after a meeting with our management we decided that a new coach should be brought in,” Wallace continued.

Ma Pau finished in ninth spot in the ten-team standings after struggling to make any meaningful impact last season, despite the “high-profile” inclusion of seven Brazilian players to their squad in September.

La Forest, on the other hand, is still unsure as to his status within the team.

“I don’t mind staying at Ma Pau in a new role but it all depends on the new offer,” noted the ex-national forward. “The decision was made by the club to change coaches and I have to respect that.”

Dion La Foucade will help the club during their pre-season while veteran sports presenter Ruskin Mark will serve as a scout/advisor.

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