UniKL Young Guns skipper Zul Pidaus Mizun is eager to face his former club Petaling Jaya City Council (PJCC) in the MHC-Milo-NSC Milo Cup semi-finals at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil Wednesday .
Last season, the 19-year-old skippered PJCC to a third place finish in the Milo Cup, and he is now looking to lead UniKL into the final.
Pidaus missed out on the league encounter with his former club which ended in a 1-1 draw as he was suspended, and hopes his presence will see a better result for UniKL.
“It was frustrating to watch the league match (against PJCC) from the stands. But here is another chance for me to go up against my former team-mates.
“I know every player in PJCC personally and probably that can be considered as an added advantage for us," said Pidaus.
However, it won't be easy for the university side as they will be missing the services of two key players for the first leg of the semis as Hafif Elkan is out due to injury while Norsyafiq Sumantri is suspended.
Pidaus added: “Both of them play vital roles in the squad, so we will have to find a way to deal with the first leg without them.”
PJCC will have their full squad, and head coach Azlansaufi Ahmad Sufian is aiming to make the final: “They (UniKL) have a very strong squad with the backing of eight national juniors and with that stat alone it clearly shows that they have the upper hand against us.
“However, on a positive note we held them to a 1-1 draw in the league and my players are now more confident than before and that is the plus point I hope will take us into the final."
WEDNESDAY: Semi-finals first leg: SSTMI Thunderbolts v SSP-MSP Thunderbolts (National Stadium I, 5.30pm); Petaling Jaya City Council v UniKL Young Guns (National Stadium II, 5.30pm).