The Malaysian Juniors will not be under pressure despite being set a top two target by the Malaysian Hockey Federation for the inaugural Sultan of Johor Cup that commences this Saturday at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Bahru.
The six nation tournament will see Australia, Pakistan, India, South Korea, New Zealand and hosts Malaysia battling it out for the coveted title. And Malaysia who open their campaign against
Australia are well aware of the mammoth task they face to upstage teams that are higher ranked then them based on the last Junior World that that was ironically held at the same venue in 2009.
Australia maybe early favourites for the inaugural Sultan of Johor Cup, but coach Paul Gaudoin feels that there is no such thing as favourites especially at the junior level. And as an example Gaudoin llisted the fortunes of former junior world cup winners India and Argentina as perfect examples.
For both India and Argentina are struggling to be amongst the top six at junior level despite winning the world title at Hobart in 2001 and Rotterdam in 2005 respectively.