Wednesday, October 21, 2009


We can't take any credit for our talents. It's how we use them that counts. And to the Malaysian Hockey Federation, not being able to use talents accordingly is what has taken us to new depths.

Malaysia has played two Test Matches against Australia, losing both 1-3, 1-5 respectively and in the 140 minutes of hockey were awarded 6 penalty corners and scored one.

And a total of 19 players from the squad of 25 in training have been used by the coaches to determine the final squad which will carry our challenge in the qualifiers begining on November 7.

The fact is satistics do not lie and thus it was esy to figure out just who will be on the plane as really there should only be 20 players to pick from as having a squad to experiment at this stage is our folly,

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. Will this be the case as the coaches have opted to leave out two key players who could have made a difference. Well you live by the sword and die by the sword.

When coach Tai Beng Hai was asked when he will name his 18 players to the World Cup Qualifiers, the answer that we got was either on the 25th or 26th October, and that too depends on the Malaysian Hockey Federation.

And MHF Hon. Secretary Hashim Yusof was quick to respond to say that the team will be named on October 25, after the final Test Match at Tun Razak Stadium.

But one does not have to be a rocket sciencetist nor someone with a Mensa level to determine the players that will be on the flight to the qualifiers.

Beng Hai fielded 16 players in the first test match of whom at least 15 are expected to be in the final 18 with the exception of Mohd Noor Khairul Azrain.

Two of his probable 18 played in the second match, Kelvinder Singh and Jivan Mohan and the player who was in the 16 and most likely to miss out is Ahmad Kazamkhairul, with goalkeeper S. Kumar the only player who has yet to see action in the two matches.

So as far as Malaysian Hockey is concerned, these are the 18 players that are expected to carry the Malaysian challenge at the World Cup Qualifiers next month.

S. Kumar, Khairulnizam Ibrahim, Mohd Amin Rahim, Jiwa Mohan, S.Selvaraju, Mohd Madzli Ikmar, Faisal Saari, Mohd Sharun Nabil, Mohd Shukri Mutalib, Azlan Misron, Jivan Mohan, Mohd Razie Abd Rahim, Kelvinder Singh, C. Baljit Singh, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin, Nabil Fiqri Mohd Nor, S. Baljit Singh, Mohd Marhan Mohd Jalil.

To take things a step further, we are even confident that Beng Hai's starting eleven will be as follows:

S. Kumar, Mohd Shukri, Mohd Razie, Mohd Amin, C. Baljit Singh,Nabil Fiqri, Sharun Nabil, Kelvinder, Faisal Saari, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin and Azlan Misron.

So there could probably be no place for experienced players in the likes of the Mohan brothers Jiwa and Jivan, as well as Mohd Madzli Ikmar.

However S. Baljit and Marhan could well miss out if Beng Hai opts to take another forward but seriously there is none that catches the eye at the moment.

The give away was when Beng Hai said that players who played in the Asia Cup as well as Champions Challenge in Dublin will be the ones most likely to make the squad. So all one had to do was go through the list and see the names as well as look at the team he played over the last two matches.