THE Project 2013 squad will represent Malaysia in the South East Asia hockey tournament in Bangkok, Thailand, on Sept 29-Oct 5.
The Under-18 boys will play against senior teams from Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore in the tournament as the Sea Games hosts Laos do not have facilities for hockey.
“We decided to sent the Project squad instead of the senior side because it will effect their preparations for the World Cup Qualifiers in New Zealand,” said Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) secretary Hashim Yusoff.
And Project 2013 coach K. Dharmaraj feels his charges should not have any problems playing against South East Asian teams.
“The team showed maturity when they played in the Razak Cup and I believe playing against Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore will be good for them,” said Dharmaraj.
The Project boys will travel to Banglore, India on Sunday to play six friendlies as a warm-up for the Junior Asia Cup in November.
Meanwhile, The senior team will be heading for China at the end of September to play a few friendlies against Australia A and the hosts to prepare for the World Cup Qualifier.
In the Qualifier, Malaysia, Scotland, China, Austria, New Zealand and Wales will play in a Round-Robbin tournament where the winner qualifiers for the World Cup in New Delhi.