Johor Darul Ta'zim appoint ex-striker Alistair Edwards sports director

Former Singapore and Malaysia Cup striker Alistair Edwards has been appointed as the new sports director for reigning AFC Cup champions, Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT).

The 47-year-old will oversee player transfers and help the head coaches of the club's Malaysia Super League (MSL) and Malaysia Premier League sides, JDT and JDT II.

Edwards had two successful seasons with Johor in the early 1990s, winning the league and cup double in 1991.

Last year, he was director of football for Real Mulia in Malaysia's third tier, the FAM League.

Edwards, who also played for Singapore, Selangor and Sarawak in Malaysian competitions, said that he was delighted to link up with his old club.

"It's great to be back in Johor," he said. "I'm very excited to be involved once again with this fantastic football club as the JDT sports director."

Edwards is a former Perth Glory head coach in his native Australia. He earned 19 full caps for the Socceroos and scored three goals.

He has already moved to Johor from his previous base, in Kuala Lumpur, and is expected to help in JDT's defence of their AFC Cup title.

JDT also have a chance to earn a place in the 2016 AFC Champions League. The first of their qualifiers is away to Thailand's Muang Thong United on Feb. 2.