Pic: Coach Nasihin Nubli with his angels after they beat Russia 3-0.
THE Malaysian women's hockey team are poised to top Group B of the World League Round Two in New Delhi Tuesday as Singapore have shown disappointing form in the tournament.
And the fact that Malaysia beat Singapore 10-0 enroute to becoming champions in Round One of the World League is also a strong indicator of how the match is going to end.
Malaysia have scored a total of 11 goals in the last two matches, and look primed to meet Ghana in the quarter-finals and should have no problems reaching the semi-finals in New Delhi.
"So far everything is going as planned as we prepare to play Singapore. Even though we have beaten them at their own backyard by a huge margin it does not mean we will take them lightly.
"Our target here (New Delhi) is to play in the final and qualify for the WL Semi-finals for the first time," said Malaysian coach Nasihin Nubli.
And thats why the coach will expect his players to give their best in every match: "We will play Singapore like it is the final of the tournament. This is to make sure my charges do not lose steam heading towards the knock-out. We need to sharpen our penalty corners as well as goal scoring skills and the Singapore match will not be taken lightly."
In Group A, India should emerge as champions after they play Thailand today, and are one of the potential finalists.
TUESDAY: Group A: Ghana v Poland; India v Thailand.
Group B: Malaysia v Singapore; Kazakhstan v Russia.
P W D L F A Pts
India 2 2 0 0 15 0 6
Poland 2 1 0 1 4 3 3
Thailand 2 1 0 1 4 5 3
Ghana 2 0 0 2 1 16 0
P W D L F A Pts
Malaysia 2 2 0 0 11 0 6
Russia 2 1 0 1 7 3 3
Kzkhstan 2 1 0 1 4 8 3
Sgapore 2 0 0 2 0 11 0