Akbar Nawas

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Akbar Nawas
Personal information
Full name Mohamad Akbar Bin Abdul Nawas
Teams managed
Years Team
2016–2017 Tampines Rovers
2017–2018 Global Cebu
2018— Chennai City FC

Mohamad Akbar Bin Abdul Nawas[1] is a Singaporean football coach who is the head coach of Chennai City FC of the I-League since March 2018.

He was the former head coach of Tampines Rovers in 2016 and led the team in the runners up position in the League, amassing 52 goals in total, of which 30 goals in 12 games were scored in the second half of the season when Akbar Nawas took over. He also brought Tampines to the Singapore Cup Final and emerged as runners-up and was a semi-finalist in the League Cup, where he introduced the reserve team players as most of the players from the first team were away with the national team. They lost to eventual winners Albirex in the League Cup semifinals. He first joined as the assistant coach for the first team of Tampines Rovers under the then current national coach V. Sundramoorthy. Coach Akbar Nawas’s expertise is the attacking approach in football; this helped Tampines Rovers team to dominate possession in almost every game during his term as head coach and reduced the gap of 7 points to only 1 point, guiding the team from fourth place to second place in the Singapore League.

Playing career[edit]

Coach Akbar Nawas captained the Professional Club side Trywhitt Under 19 to 3rd Place. He also played for the Singapore Under 19 and Professional Club side Trywhitt senior team. As a football player, Coach Nawas was called up to play for the Singapore Pre – Olympic team and the national team for Under 23’s and U19’s.

From 1998 to 1999, Coach Akbar Nawas played for the Marine Castle United in the Professional Singapore Football League. He was then called up for training with the National “A” team for the Dunhill Cup after his stint with Marine Castle United. In year 1999, he had an ACL operation and stopped playing competitive football. He joined the compulsory military service in 1996 and played football in the Police Force Home team. In 1995, Coach Akbar Nawas started to play professionally in the Singapore Football Professional teams and he was called up for the Singapore Pre-Olympic and Jakarta Squad team respectively.

As a child, football became the life of Coach Akbar Nawas. At the age of 10, he played in the junior and senior level of the Macpherson Primary School from 1985 to 1987. And from 1988 to 1992, Coach Akbar Nawas played in the “C” and “B” Divisions for Macpherson Secondary School.

Coach Akbar Nawas has an advanced diploma in business administration from University of Wales and has finished his degree in business administration and marketing from the same university.

Coaching and managing career[edit]

Presently[when?], Coach Akbar Nawas is the head coach of one of the top football clubs in the Philippines, Global Cebu Football Club starting in mid-June 2017. After the launch of the Philippine Football League in April 2017, Coach Nawas became the technical training consultant and later on was offered the post of a head coach, the first Singaporean coach to handle a football team from the Philippines. As of this writing[when?], Global Cebu Football Club made history as the first Philippine football club to reach the finals for the Singapore League, double firsts in the history of football in both countries. In 2016, Coach Nawas was the head coach of Tampines Rovers Football Club’s senior team. Before taking this highest post in the east side football club in Singapore, he was the assistant coach for Tampines Rovers senior team in the Singapore League in 2015 and the head coach for the U21 Reserve team who emerged as champions in the Reserve League. In 2014, Coach Nawas was the assistant coach to the technical director and coach in the National U21 and at the same time, the youth development manager for the Football Association of Singapore from 2011 to 2014. While doing his share of work in the FAS (Football Association of Singapore), Coach Nawas assisted Head Coach Fandi Ahmad in training and as a match analyst for the Lions XII in pre-season (predominantly a U23 team with 10 senior players, playing in the Malaysian Super Professional League) in 2013. And the year before, in 2012, he was the head coach for the National U14 team for an Invitational Tournament in Japan from April to June 2012.[citation needed]

Tampines Rovers[edit]

Nawas was appointed as head coach of the Tampines Rovers FC on May 2016[2] in the middle of the 2016 S.League season taking over from V. Sundramoorthy who was appointed as head coach of the Singaporean national team.[3] He led the club to a quarterfinal finish at the 2016 AFC Cup and was knocked out of the competition by eventual runners-up Bengaluru FC. The Tampines Rovers finished as runners-up in the 2016 S. League season and the club was eligible to participate at the 2017 AFC Champions League qualifying play-offs. They lose against Filipino club, Global FC in their first match thus failing to advance in the play-offs. Nawas resigned on January 2017.[2]

Global Cebu[edit]

On May 2017, it was reported that Nawas joined Global Cebu F.C., who will be participating in the inaugural season of the national professional Philippines Football League, as a technical consultant.[4] He then helped the club in their 2017 AFC Cup match against Home United FC. After about a month, he was appointed as the Filipino club's head coach, taking over from interim coach Marjo Allado.[3]

Chennai City[edit]


Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 8 August 2018.
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
India Chennai City 15 March 2018 Present 0 0 0 0 !
Total 0 0 0 0 !


  1. ^ "Match Summary - Tampine Rovers v. JSW Bengalaru FC (AFC Cup 2016)". Asian Football Confederation. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Akbar Nawas steps down as head coach of Tampine Rovers". Asian Football Confederation. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Former Tampines Coach Akbar Nawas takes over at Global-Cebu". ESPN FC. ESPN. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  4. ^ Osman, Shamir (15 May 2017). "Global FC rope in former Stags coach Akbar as technical consultant". The New Paper. Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Co. Retrieved 22 June 2017.