Tassie’s Lions go with young gaffer

PlayStation 4 NPL Tasmania club Kingborough Lions United has made a bold statement with the appointment of 21 year old Gabriel Markaj as its Head Coach.

Markaj, who is currently completing his ‘A’ coaching licence, becomes one of if not the coaches to take charge of a team in the PlayStation 4 NPL.

The Football Management committee looked far and wide to find a coach with the ability and passion to build success in the PS4 NPL TAS program.

After an extensive evaluation of potential candidates, the club believed Markaj’s skills, knowledge and qualifications aligned with the club’s philosophies and made him the standout candidate for the role.

“This is a pivotal appointment for the club which is why we have taken the necessary time to secure the right coach,” said Kingborough Lions Technical Director Simon Edwards.

“It was critical that the coach we appointed shared the club’s vision and philosophy whilst demonstrating coaching and playing experience in professional football environments. Gabriel ticked all of the boxes for us.”

Markaj arrives at Kingborough having been an assistant coach for Adelaide United’s Youth Team, a position he took on after coaching Vipers FC in South Australia’s State League 2.

The 21 year olds appointment to the top job at Kingborough Lions is a significant endorsement and illustrates the pathway that exists for aspiring young coaches.

“I felt a great atmosphere at the club. I felt that they are starving for success, they have hunger to win and they presented me with a great plan to succeed and I loved it so I decided to sign straight after," said Markaj.

The PlayStation 4 NPL Tasmania 2017 Season kicks off on 10 March.

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