Tuesday, March 22, 2011


The national trainees will undergo a fitness test when they report to camp on March 25. And the results of the fitness test could well determine as to when the national team for the Azlan Shah Cup will be named.

In revealing this, national coach Tai Beng Hai said it was vital to gauge the fitness level before moving on to the tactical and match play preparation.

"We need to test the players first and we are looking at the last week of April in naming the final squad for the Azlan Shah," said Beng Hai.

"I need to hold discussions with Saiful and Stephen in determining the timing."

Beng Hai said that the team will be participating in a Four Nation Tournament in Japan this June before another Four Nation Invitational in Moscow.

For the Japan event, which is scheduled for early June, the other teams are Pakistan, China and hosts Japan.

Beng Hai said while the national players will be released for the Razak Cup proper, their release for the qualifiers seems unlikely as the national team will be in camp.

And talking about the MHL that will commence in September, Beng Hai did this to say;

"The players will need to national camp one day a week and I require a minimum four weeks before the Champions Challenge to prepare the team.

"Anything less then four weeks will mean the squad will not be well prepared hence trying to achieve the target will be difficult."