Thursday, February 25, 2010


Finally an official announcement was made by the NSC Director General Dato Zolkples Embong that Dutchman Roelant Oltmans will take over the reins of the National Team from May 1.

Informed sources at the press conference held after the joint MHF-NSC meeting held today notified this blog about the appointment of Oltmans, something that this blog had revealed in November last year.

Although there are some finer details yet to be ironed out, the NSC DG went ahead and made the announcement, something that MHF officials had wanted to keep under wraps.

Though it cannot be confirmed, the package for the Dutchman is said to be in the region of RM800,000 per year.

Stephen van Huizen and Tai Beng Hai will handle the team for the Asian Champions Trophy as most likely the Azlan Shah Cup with Oltmans taking over after that.

And the Joint Committee has left it to Oltmans to decide if additional players are needed from the 25 that have been named thus far and also on the composition of the team for the Commonwealth Games as NSC has made it clear it is the Asian Games that they have in mind.