THE Malaysian women's junior team failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the Junior Asia Cup, but there was good news for their senior counterparts yesterday.
On a day when the juniors fell 9-1 to India at the Wujin Stadium in Changzhou, China, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) awarded the Women's World League Round Two to Malaysia.
The tournament will be held in 2017, and will serve as a qualifier for the 2018 World Cup.
However, hosts Malaysia have yet to qualify for the World Cup, and the World League Round Two will be a difficult tournament.
Yesterday, India were leading 3-0 but Malaysia's Wan Norfaiezah scored at the brink of half-time to inject some hope of an upset.
But three quick goals from India upon restart killed any hope of playing in their first ever Junior Asia Cup semi-finals.
Only three teams qualify for the Junior World Cup, and Malaysia will now play in the fifth-eight classification matches.