Sunday, May 31, 2015

Subahan sings for harmony, Beng Hai whistles..

Paul McCartney 

Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony 
Side by side on my piano keyboard, oh Lord, why don't we? 
  We all know that people are the same where ever we go 
There is good and bad in ev'ryone, 
We learn to live, we learn to give 
Each other what we need to survive together alive. 
  Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony 

Side by side on my piano keyboard, oh lord why don't we? 

MALAYSIAN Hockey Confederation (MHC) president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal and national coach Tai Beng Hai gave a discreet life-line to troubled striker Faizal Saari (pic).
  Speaking after the second Executive Board Meeting on Saturday, Subahan said harmony was back in the team leading to the World League Semi-finals in Belgium on June 20 to July 5.
  The WL Semis is an Olympic Qualifier: "I have met the players and had a heart-to-heart talk with them and I believe the players are in harmony with each other. Eight of them will get a last chance to play in the highest level, Olympics, and they know better than throwing away this golden opportunity as age is not on their side any more."
  Subahan also said since all the problems, including money, has been solved he believes the players will give their best in Belgium.
  As for Beng Hai, he is looking for a fresh start by erasing the past as he is in dire need of a striker as he has two players on the crock list.
  After a reboot, its back to factory settings for the team.
  "The players have been told to forget the past and play for their future. I have two players on the injury list and I need a striker, so Faizal is still in the running to make the Belgium squad provided he maintains his form and attitude.
  "He attends training and also has a better attitude now, and hopefully all his past will be forgotten and the other players will not hold it against Faizal," said Beng Hai.
  On the injury list are Ramadan Rosli who pulled a hamstring Hafiz Zainol has a hairline fracture on his right hand suffered in a car accident last week.
  Faizal went into controversy mode right after scoring 12 goals and being named as the Best Player in the Singapore World League Round Two in January.
  He went missing for a month, because he wanted the bonuses and match allowance owed to him. He was then dropped from the Australian Tour, and also a Tour of Netherlands and Belgium.
  When asked if Beng Hai was willing to take the risk of player-power disrupting his preparations like what happened at the World Cup last year, the chief coach said he does not have much of a choice.
  "I need a striker, and Faizal is still among the best. This is their shot at Olympic glory, and I believe they will not throw it away just for a grudge against one player," said Beng Hai.
  For the record, at least 10 players had approached the then MHC president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah to drop Faizal from the Netherlands World Cup squad, but their request was not entertained.
  And during the World Cup, Faizal rarely received the ball, and was a total washout.
  The players can't afford this attitude in Belgium, if they want to play in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.