Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New look Malaysia..senior and juniors

NATIONAL hockey coach Paul Revington benched eight players who played in the Champions Challenge I in Argentina for his next assignment in Doha.
  The senior side will play in the Asian Champions Trophy on Dec 20-27 with four players form the Project 2013, while the rest are from the training pool.
  In Doha, Malaysia will play against India, Pakistan, China, Japan and Oman.
  The eight experienced players left behind are Chua Boon Huat, Jivan Mohan, Ismail Abu, Izwan Firdaus, Amin Rahim, Shukri Mitalib, Marhan Jalil and Baljit Singh.
  The four from Project 2013 who will strenghten the squad are Syamim Yusof and Izad Hakimi, who will be making their international debut, while the other two are Fitri Saari and Faiz Helmi.
  The team will see two pairs of brothers donning national colours at the same tournament, Izad and Roslan while the other is Fitri and Faisal.
  And had Jivan been retained, he would have teamed up with Jiwa Mohan to make it three set of brothers.
  As for the juniors, who there would also be eight changes to the team which will play in the Obaidullah Khan Gold Cup in Bhopal on Dec 19-25.
  "It's a new look team as we build towards the Junior World Cup and I believe the level of competition will prove useful," said juniors team manager Mirnawan Nawawi.
  "We hope the players will adapt well to the conditions and play to their abilities despite facing more senior players in the tournament."
  The new players included by Dharma who did not see action in Johor are Hazrul Faiz, Haziq Shamsul, Nor Aqmal Ghaffar, Dangerous Lee, Meor Azuan, Ibnu Fathillah, Sobirin Illias and Fitri Ismail.
  Those retained are Shahril Saabah, Zulhairi Hashim, Firhan Ashaari, Shazril Irwan, Hafiz Zainol, Azri Hassan, Kavin Karthik, Rashid Baharom, Shazrul Imran and Hafizuddin Othman.
  MALAYSIA SENIORS: S. Kumar, Roslan Jamaluddin, Azlan Misron, Hafifi Hafiz, Jiwa Mohan, Faiz Helmi, Izad Hakimi, Sallehin Ghani,  Faizal Saari, Syamim Yusof, Fitri Saari, Sharun Nabil, Azammi Adabi, Noor Faeez Ibrahim, Norhizzat Sumantri, Razie Rahim, Nabil Fiqri, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin.