MHL Update: KLHC optimistic for next round competitions

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MHL Update: KLHC optimistic for next round competitions

The delighting state of Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) has been returned following two victories in the Premier Division of the Malaysian Hockey League (MHL), which raised its ranking in the tournament.

The KLHC team by scoring twelve goals within two matches in the second phase of the MHL earned six points and is standing at the second position in the league. Despite first lost to Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), the KLHC squad revved it up and thrashed big names of the event including Yayasan Negeri Sembilan (YNS) with 6-3 and Sapura with 6-2.

KLHC, the defending champions of the league is quite optimistic to retain its title for the second time. The advantage of the two victories definitely will help it to win the next games.

K. Dharmaraj, the Coach of the KLHC while talking to reporters stated that the triumphs in the second phase of the league had returned the winning spirit of the team as well as player, which would leave positive impacts in the performance of the squad.

He further said that the opening shoot-down from TNB was a very disappointed and dismaying, as they could not mark even a single goal in the match.

He uttered, “Now that has been laid to rest with 12 goals in two matches against big teams. Eight of the goals were from field attempts and it augurs well for our forwards. We can’t be depending on penalty corners alone for the goals.”

Dharmaraj while explaining the experiences of the league said that the current edition is one of the most enthralling events in the short history of the MHL. 

Commenting about the expected title winner, he was of the view that more than two teams have chances to clinch the victory in the league as the inclusion of foreign players make the event more competitive. It is pertinent to mention here that KL Hockey Club is comprised of mostly local players and do not have imported names.

All positional players of the KLHC displayed wonderful performances particularly short corner specialist, Mohamed Razie Rahim, Ismail Abu Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin and Chua Boon Huat, he added.

The coach was of the view that they were looking some brilliant performances from the front-line players in the future, as they wanted to continue their winning spirit. He stated that they would not underrate any squad in the future games and hoped that this would bear fruitful results from the competitions.

If we look at the track record of the KL Hockey Club, it starts quite aggressively while finish peacefully. That is the point, which the players would have to overcome if they want to finish the league at top numbers.

Mohd Shukri Mutalib, the great midfielder of KLHC is also affirmative for again holding the title of the league saying that the experiences of the opening defeat played vital role to gear them up.

Shukri said, “We had only four days of training prior to our opening match against TNB as most of us were in the national team then. The defeat woke us up and made us realise that there were no easy matches in the league.”

Shukri is considered one of the most legendary players in the hockey world, who started his international career back in 2003. He was one of the youngest players of Malaysia, who made international debut at only 17.

The midfielder was of the view that the inclusion of international players from around the world made the league more enthralling and interesting. He further said that KLHC could not afford to lose any game in the next round.

KLHC will face Armed Forces-Airod and Nur Insafi in the coming weekend, which are standing at number 9th and 6th respectively.

 

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