KUALA LUMPUR: Vountus Indra Mawan Saniru believes his recent appointment by the BA of Malaysia (BAM) as men's doubles coach, is a blessing in disguise.
According to the 28-year-old former international, he would have tried to return to the Netherlands, if not for the job.
Vountus, who quit the national team in 2012, played on as a professional before hanging his raquet in 2014.
Earlier this year, he joined Dutch side CBA Cuntapay Badminton Academy as junior head coach before returning to Malaysia in August.
"Everything happened so quickly," said Vountus when contacted on Thursday.
"I came back to Malaysia after six months because of visa issues. I was trying to sort that out when I read about the opening at BAM in the newspapers.
"I read through carefully and realised that head coach Cheah Soon Kit's ideas and plans are in line with what I have in mind too.
"That's when I wrote in and everything fell into place. I am really happy to be back."
Vountus, who had a short coaching stint with the Ministry of Higher Education, is also looking forward to reunite with Rosman Razak, who is currently Soon Kit's assistant following the resignation of Jeremy Gan late last month.
"I haven't worked with Soon Kit before but he is a legend. I have, however, worked with Rosman at the MOHE. I am looking forward to work with him again," added Vountus, who is the older brother of former BAM women's singles shuttler Sannatasah Saniru.
On Thursday, BAM through a statement announced the appointment of Vountus as men's doubles coach, to replace the outgoing Jeremy. He will be on probation for the first three months before signing a two-year contract.