Guess who dons the apron in sleepy downtown KT?

Written by: J.R. | 11 Oct 2017 16:38
Gunasekera and Worden (right) catching up recently in Kuala Terengganu. NST picture
Written by:
11 Oct 2017 16:38

Football fans who had followed the local football scene in the 90s and noughties would remember this name quite distinctively- Ken Worden. 

Worden was once a household name in Malaysian football and in his heydeys here, coached a formidable Selangor team in the early 90s.

He even had a short stint as the national team coach in 1994.

Worden, now 74,  later went to coach Singapore, Myanmar,  Perak and Terengganu as well, which is where he is now mostly at.

Not because of football, that part of his life ended some time ago, but because his heart brings him there, quite literally. 

According to NST's Adrian David, who interviewed him recently, Worden shuttles from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu whenever he's back from Australia to help out his companion, Helen Puang, who runs a food stall in downtown Kampung Tiong. 

“My days with football are over. I spend a lot of time with Helen, who has been a faithful companion for more than a decade, ever since I met her during my coaching days in Terengganu.

“We plan to get married next year or so,” said Worden, who caught up with accomplished automotive parts inventor Darren Aster Gunasekera in Chinatown.

Gunasekera was a jury member at the “International Higher Institution of Education Invention Conference and Expo” in Gong Badak, which was officiated by Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

“What a pleasant surprise to bump into Ken Worden. Who can forget that name in the Malaysian soccer scene?” Gunasekera said.

Worden now plans to move to Kuala Terengganu to live with Puang.  

“Terengganu is a great place and I find it very accommodating. I love the beaches, islands and way of life here.  

“This is going to be a permanent home,” said Worden.  

Puang, who also leads the Kampung Tiong Hawkers Association, lives in a shophouse in Jalan Bandar.  

“Ken used to drop by my stall during his coaching days with Terengganu.  

“We somehow got together, more so as he loved the food I made. Soon after that, he would drop by and help me cook,” the daily quoted Helen as saying. 


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