Former champions Yayasan Negeri Sembilan were dealt a severe blow for their return to the Malaysian Hockey League when embattled Indian coach Harendra Singh declined their offer to coach the team for the Premier League that gets underway on December 17.
Officials from YNS had made it known at the team managers meeting on Saturday that they were in the midst of finalizing details with Harendra after having named top Indian players Deepak Thakur and Prabhjot Singh in their line up. Two other players from India who were registered for YNS were Vivek Gupta and Tarun Thammannah who is a keeper.
Also in their list of 18 players registered thus far were Pakistani ace Shakeel Abbasi as well as two players from Bangladesh who played at the recent Asian Games, Md Mosvir Rahman Biplop and Pushkor Khisa.
YNS, who last won honors in 1996, where they were champions in the Charity Shield, League and overall, used to parade top Indian players in the 90's in the likes of Pargat Singh, Jude Felix, Mukesh Kumar and Rajish Mishra.
This website sought confirmation via Indian journalist with regards to Harendra taking charge of YNS but were informed, upon the journalist talking to Harendra, that the Indian coach will not undertake the coaching job.
While all kind of stories were being cast as to why Harendra was having second thoughts, with some even far fetched ones like Harendra was upset for the defeat at the hands of Malaysia at the Asiad semis, in reality Harendra
is said to be in negotiations with Hockey India on the possibility of taking complete charge on the Indian team in their quest to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.