Friday August 3, 2012
Norhizzat and Izzat to join Tenaga National
By AFTAR SINGH
KUALA LUMPUR: Tenaga Nasional have roped in two Junior Asia Cup players – midfielders Norhizzat Sumantri and Mohd Izzat Hakimi Jamaluddin – for the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL), which begins on Sept 1.
Norhizzat made his debut in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh in May while Izzat is the younger brother of national goalkeeper Roslan.
Norhizzat and Izzat were in the team that won the Junior Asia Cup in Malacca in May.
The 21-year-old Norhizzat from Klang played for Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) for three years since 2009.
“Izzat and I were offered jobs by Tenaga as technicians early this year and it was an offer we couldn’t refuse. I need a job to make a living as I cannot be playing hockey for the rest of my life,” said Norhizzat.
“I am happy working with Tenaga as I get time off to play hockey in the MHL as well as with the national team.
“Tenaga also have a good team and I hope to give my best to help them win the league title.”
This year’s MHL will be only for five weeks and will end on Oct 10.
The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) have scrapped the overall title competition for this year because of the Razak Cup tournament, which will be held in Kuantan from Oct 14-21.
Six teams will feature in the Premier Division of the MHL. Besides Tenaga Nasional and UniKL, the other teams are Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC), Sapura, Maybank and Nur Insafi.
Last year, Tenaga finished third in the seven-team league behind champions KLHC and Sapura. In the final for the overall title, Tenaga lost 3-2 to KLHC.
Norhizzat picked double champions KLHC, powered by a number of national players, as the team to beat in the league.