Tuesday, June 19, 2012


A clandestine meeting over lunch, a hush hush arrival and a statement expected in two days time.

That is the scenario of Malaysian hockey as Paul Revington discussed terms with officials from the National Sports Council, Malaysian Hockey Confederation and the national team manager.

Revington arrived in Malaysia on June 17 and is expected to leave on June 21, after the announcement of his appointment by MHC President Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

It is learnt that those at the discussion were NSC Director General Dato Seri Zolkples Embong, MHC Secretay Johari Abdul Aziz and George Koshy, whose position in MHC remains unclear after the failed Olympic Qualifiers in Dublin in March.

It is said that Koshy was the person responsible to initiate discussions as far back as April and had played a key role in securing their services.

The irony however is why such secrecy and even NSC officer Ariffin Ghani claimed he had no inkling of the meeting.

A SMS to Dato Seri Zol confirmed the lunch meeting but he opted to ignore requests for a statement, both via SMS and email.

An SMS sent to Arul Selvaraj too went unanswered though he is normally the first to react to blog postings.

So the duo will have their work cut out as the MHL is scheduled for mid September to first week of November.

And it is now learnt that the Sultan of Johor Cup has been brought forward from 8 to 18 November to accommodate the Champions Challenge from 24 November to December 3 in Argentina.

So when is the Project 2013 team going to train as well as the national team. Mind you that the Razak Cup is the first week of September.

Obviously holding secret meetings and not discussing such matters at the Executive Board nor bringing the High Performance Committee Chairperson S.Shamala on board to discuss with the coaches emphasises that non MHC officials call the shots.