Saturday August 11, 2012
KLHC the ones to beat in MHL
KUALA LUMPUR: Double champions Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) will again be the team to beat in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL).
KLHC, powered by seven internationals, were double champions the last two years – winning both the league and overall titles.
Now, with the MHL set to begin on Sept 1, they are looking good for a third double.
And why not? With national players like goalkeeper Roslan Jamaluddin, defenders Mohd Razie Abdul Rahim and Mohd Sukri Abdul Mutalib, midfielders Mohd Shahrun Nabil and Nabil Fiqri Mohd Noor and forwards Tengku Ahmad Taijuddin and Azlan Misron in their line-up, who is to deny them the hattrick?
No wonder Sukri, who is the national skipper, is confident that “no one is going to stop us winning the league title this year”.
“I don’t think any team in the Premier Division can stop us. We have a solid team and it will be tough for other teams to beat us,” he said.
The 26-year-old Sukri added that they will be banking on penalty corner flicker Razie for the goals. Razie was the top scorer for KLHC with 27 goals in 2010.
KLHC can also rely on the services of forward Mohd Syamim Mohd Yusof, who helped Malaysia win the Junior Asia Cup in Malacca in May.
They have also roped in two youngsters – midfielder Mohd Azwar Abdul Rahman and forward Mohd Najib Abu Hassan – for the MHL this season.
Azwar and Najib, who will both be sitting for their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations in November, are members of the Project 2013 training squad that left on a playing tour of Europe on Wednesday.
The other teams in the Premier Division are Tenaga Nasional, Sapura, Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL), Maybank and Nur Insafi.
The MHL is only for five weeks and will be over on Oct 10. There is no knockout stage competition this year because the Razak Cup competition begins four days later in Kuantan.