B. Sathianathan, a Malaysian football coach and former player, concluded his coaching career with Sarawak United in the Malaysia Super League. Prior to that, he had served as the coach for both the Malaysia national football team and the under-23 team.
Born- 9 May 1958
Birthplace- Perak, Malaysia
Death- 18 July 2023
Sathianathan is a renowned footballer hailing from Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, specifically from Parit_Perak. His date of birth is May 9, 1958. Since he entered the profession, he has frequently encountered non-Malay parents expressing their grievances about the matter.
Sathianathan’s relationship status indicates that he is possibly single and has not been previously engaged. He is not currently dating anyone.
Sathianathan, a former football player and attacking midfielder, had an illustrious career with NSCRC (Negeri Sembilan Chinese Recreation Club), Negeri Sembilan FA, and Malacca FA. He was also a key player in the Malaysian squad that won a bronze medal at the 1983 Sea Games. In 1988, he took on the role of Negeri Sembilan’s skipper at centre-back.
Transitioning to coaching, Sathianathan started his journey with Negeri Sembilan FA before serving as an assistant coach for the national Olympic team from 1997 to 1999 and 2002 to 2004. He briefly acted as the interim head coach for MPPJ FC after the club’s dissolution.
In 2006, he was appointed head coach for the Malaysia under-23 side in preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics qualifiers. Subsequently, after winning the 2007 Merdeka Tournament, he was selected as the head coach for the senior team by FAM president Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah.
During his tenure as the national team’s head coach, Malaysia participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, and Sathianathan’s squad faced both successes and setbacks. He also led Malaysia in the 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup, where the team had a mixed performance.
Following his stint with the national team, Sathianathan coached Kelantan FA, guiding them to victory in the 2010 Malaysia Cup. However, he faced a 6-month coaching ban in 2011 for criticizing the national football body and later took on the role of CEO at Kelantan FA.
In 2011, he became the coach of ATM FA, leading them to win the 2012 Malaysia Premier League and securing promotion to the 2013 Malaysia Super League.
Sathianathan continued his coaching journey with Felda United F.C. in 2017, achieving impressive results and winning the Super League’s Best Coach award that season. Despite Felda’s relegation, he successfully guided them back to the Super League in 2018 by winning the Malaysia Premier League.
After a brief stint at Selangor FA, Sathianathan was eventually relieved of his coaching duties in September 2020 due to a series of poor results following the Malaysian Super League resumption.
- Negeri Sembilan:
- Champions of the 1992 Sultan’s Gold Cup.
- Malaysia U-23:
- Champions of the 2007 Merdeka Tournament.
- Runners-up in the 2008 Merdeka Tournament.
- Kelantan FA:
- Champions of the 2010 Malaysia Cup.
- ATM FA:
- Champions of the 2012 Malaysia Premier League.
- Felda United FC:
- Champions of the 2018 Malaysia Premier League.
- Individual Awards:
- Sathianathan received the National Football Award for Best Coach in 2010, 2012, and 2017.
Net Worth 2023
Sathianathan’s net worth or net income is believed to range from $1 million to $9 million dollars.
Cause Of Death
The entire national football community is in grief following the passing of former Harimau Malaya B squad coach B. Sathianathan today.
The sad news of Sathianathan’s demise was confirmed by FIFA media officer and Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) executive committee member Christopher Raj.
“Rest in Peace, Anna (‘brother’ in Tamil). You fought a good fight,” Christopher tweeted.
When reached for comment, Christopher stated that Sathianathan passed away at 1.25 pm at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (PPUM) here.
In June of the previous year, the seasoned coach had taken a leave of absence from his position at Sarawak United to undergo medical treatment.
Sathianathan was widely recognized as a source of insightful perspectives on issues within the local football arena, and sportswriters often sought out his views.