Friday, September 20, 2013
FORMER National juniors skipper Noor Faeez Ibrahim was given a second hockey life when chief coach Paul Revington named him in the training squad for three tournaments and a Tour this year.
Noor Faeez skippered the Junior Asia Cup side which won gold in Malacca and took Malaysia into the New Delhi Junior World Cup, but his attitude as well as form saw him being booted out of camp in May.
He missed the chance to play in the World League semi- finals and also the Asia Cup, and will now have claw back into the national senior side.
“I have noticed some changes in his attitude since he was dropped from the training pool, and with the assurance of one of our coaches that Noor Faeez can be turned into a valuable player, we included him back into the training pool for three tournaments and a Tour until December 31,” said Revington.
The 22-year-old Noor Faeez played a pivotal role to take Malaysia to the Junior World Cup when he was under the care of juniors coach K. Dharmaraj.
The other surprise inclusion was Madzli Ikmar, 33, who retired after the Dublin Olympic Qualifier in March last year.
“Madzli has over 300 caps and has shown good discipline and form playing for his state and club and he has also agree to come out of retirement and join the training pool,” said Revington.
The first assignment will be the Perth Super Series in Oct 17- 20, followed by the Asian Champions Trophy in Kakamigahara, Japan, on Nov 1-10.
Then there is a Tour to South Korea on Nov 20-Dec 3, and ends with the Myanmar Sea Games on Dec 11-22.
Also recalled was S. Selvaraju, 28, and Engku Malek, 29, who were team-mates in the 2005 Junior World Cup in Rotterdam -- probably for the Sea Games gold medal quest.