Singapore-based Australia international Darren Stewart, an accomplished former S.League manager, has been appointed head coach of the Maldives for their upcoming AFC Asian Cup playoff.
The 50-year-old takes over the position after the departure in June of New Zealand's 2010 World Cup boss Ricki Herbert.
Stewart will fly to Male on Thursday ahead of the two-legged playoff against Laos on Sep. 6 (home) and Oct. 11 (away).
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