Friday, November 9, 2018



Shirt # Player Age * Goals  Played Current Caps
2 HASSAN Najib                 23 0 3 26
3 SUMANTRI Norsyafiq 22 0 7 32
6 JALIL Marhan                 28 0 7 230
9 van HUIZEN Joel                 25 0 7 71
10 SAARI Faizal                 27 8 7 220
11 CHOLAN Syed                 23 0 7 51
12 MUTALIB Sukri                 32 0 7 301
13 ASHARI Firhan                 25 2 7 143
14 ARSHAD Amirol                 23 0 7 43
15 NOOR Nabil                         31 0 7 227
16 S  Kumar (GK)                38 0 0 304
18 JALI Faiz                        26 0 6 134
19 HASSAN Azri                26 0 7 100
20 HASAN Azuan                24 0 6 117
23 TAJUDDIN Tengku        32 4 7 268
24 NIK ROZEMI Aiman        22 1 7 73
26 SAABAH Shahril                 24 1 7 120
29 RAHMAN Hairi (GK)        28 0 7 34
* As of 2018-10-18

Oltmans: Kumar will be ready for World Cup

PIC: Roelant Oltmans

KUALA LUMPUR: No 1 goalkeeper S. Kumar did not play a single match in the Asian Champions Triophy in Muscat recently, and coach Roelant Oltmans hopes he will be ready for the World Cup in three weeks time.
  Kumar picked up a right thumb injury during the Asian Games, and is having problems holding his hockey stick in a firm grip.
  "Yes even though we named Kumar for the ACT, he did not play a single match while Hairi (Rahman) kept goal in all the matches. This is not an issue as we took him along to motivate Hairi and also watch the other goalkeepers in action.
  "And Hairi did well to save some good shots, but was also poor some of the time. However, Hairi did well overall and I believe Kumar should be ready in time for the World Cup as he is undergoing rehabilitation now," said Oltmans.
  In the pool matches, Malaysia let in only four goals while in the semifinals it was a 4-4 draw with Pakistan but Malaysia lost the shoot-out 3-1.
 And in the bronze battle, Malaysia drew 2-2 with Japan and won the shoot-out 3-2.
  "It's also good to see Hairi doing well in the shoot-out against Japan which should build his confidence further.
  "We have four goalkeepers in training right now and it should not be a problem in any eventuality. However, I believe Kumar will be ready for the World Cup."
  It will be a tight race in Group D for Malaysia as they have Germany, Netherlands and Pakistan for company. The format only allows three teams from each of the four groups to advance while the fourth team in each group pack their bags and head home.
  So, the indications are Malaysia must beat Pakistan, or return home early.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

AFF Cup: Malaysia 1 Cambodia 0

By Jugjet Singh

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia started their AFF Suzuki Cup campaign on a shaky note when they edged Cambodia 1-0 at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh Thursday.
  The solitary goal was scored in the 30th minute off by Norshahrul Idlan Talaha.
  In the last AFF Cup meeting two years ago, Malaysia had beaten Cambodia 3-2.
  Malaysia ranked 169 in the world started on a level note with Cambodia who are just one rung below at 170.
  The national players struggled for the first 15 minutes and even missed a few scoring chances before a wave of five players mounted an attack and it was finished off by Norshahrul.
  Zaquan Adha had a beautiful chance to hand Malaysia the lead in the 14th but failed from close range. Norshahrul then missed another chance before Safawi Rasid's 26th minute attempt hit the post and bounced away.
  In the second half, Malaysia defended stoutly and replaced goalscorer Norshahrul with another striker Shahrel Fikri in the 62nd minute.
  The match became intense as Zaquan Adha became the first player to be booked in the match for a dangerous foul in the 65th minute. And not taking any chances with the yellow, coach Tan Cheng Hoe replaced Zaquan with Hazwan Bakri.
  But in the end, Malaysia held onto the early goal for full points.
  Playing in Group A, Cheng Hoe's men next meet Laos at National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Monday.
  Malaysia’s performance in the AFF Suzuki Cup has been hot and cold as  they won their only title in 2010 and reached the semifinals in 2014. However, two years ago, Malaysia didn’t even manage to get past the group stage.

World Cup: Money trouble for Pakistan

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia might play South Korea instead of Pakistan in the World Cup in Bhubaneswar, as the Green Shirts are having financial as well as visa issues with three weeks to go.
  Malaysia, Pakistan, Germany and Netherlands make up Group D, and if Pakistan cant travel to India, the first reserves are South Korea.
  "Yes, I have heard about Pakistan's problems sourcing for money to play in the World Cup, and I hope they sort it out soon.
  "I know all the players personally as I used to coach them before and it would be very disheartening is they can't play in the World Cup," said Malaysian coach Roelant Oltmans.
  The Dutch coach is still preparing Malaysia to take on Pakistan in the World Cup which starts on Nov 28.
  "Our focus is on planning against Germany, Netherlands and Pakistan right now, until we receive concrete news about any other developments," said Oltmans.
  Malaysia need to win at least one match in Group D, because the team which finishes fourth will not be involved in a play-off for higher positions but pack their bags and head for home.
  Meanwhile, in the latest report, Pakistan Hockey Federation's (PHF) request for a loan from their Cricket Board was rejected.
  According to a report on the, Pakistan's new head coach Tauqir Dar and manager Hasan Sardar confirmed they had spoken to PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani and requested him to provide a loan to cover the expenses for the World Cup. 
  "He was scheduled to meet us on Thursday but due to some urgent issues he spoke to us on phone. He made it clear that the PCB couldn't advance any loan to the PHF since the Federation had not returned a loan given to them by the board during the tenure of Lt General (Rtd) Tauqir Zia in early 2000," said Dar. 
  The Government has also not responded to requests for 8 million rupees from PHF.
  For the record, Pakistan had to withdraw from the 2016 Junior World Cup in Lucknow, India, because they were not given visa and first reserves Malaysia made the trip instead.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Razak Cup Div 1: Perak v Terengganu final...

KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champions Perak and Terengganu will play in the Division One final of the Razak Cup on Saturday.
  Thursday in the last pool matches, Perak were shocked 3-3 by a young Johor side but still topped the standings on 11 points.
  Second spot was claimed by Terengganu on nine points, when they held Malacca to a 1-1 draw.
  The movers and shakers of the night were Penang who beat Kuala Lumpur 4-3 for their only win in five matches.
  In Division two, Pahang and Police ended their pool matches with 12 points each and will play in the final Saturday.
  "This was our best match but unfortunately my young boys came together late in the tournament.
  Perak had already qualified for the final before their last match against Johor Thursday, and fielded their reserves until they were 0-1 down.
  "However, with 12 Malaysia Games player in my squad and having only one training session before the tournament, I will take our outing as a success for the long run," said former national coach Sarjit Singh who was hired by Johor days before the Razak Cup.
  "Perak had fielded their reserves as they wanted to rest their regulars for the final, but after they were down 0-1 they brought in their best but we still managed to hold them to a 3-3 draw," said Sarjit.
  RESULTS — Division One: Perak 3 Johor 3, Terengganu 1 Malacca 1, 
Kuala Lumpur 3 Penang 4.
  Division Two: Selangor 3 Police 2, Armed Forces 0 Pahang 2, 
Singapore 0 Kelantan 2.
  Women's 7th-8th: Malacca 1 Pahang 4.