After narrowly losing to Negri Sembilan in last year’s Division Two title final, Selangor will look for a positive result this year.
“It was sad to lose in the final last year and I am confident that we will not repeat the same mistake,” said team manager J. Elangovan.
“The boys have been playing very well after a slow start to the campaign and I am confident that we can make it this year.”
Elangovan said they had use video reviews to analyse their earlier performances and this has helped correct the players’ mistakes.
“It shows how important the video replay is to our team, we make the necessary tactical changes to the team as we can point out the mistakes,” he said.
“The players get a clear picture of what they need to do and seldom commit the same mistakes.”
In this morning’s match, Selangor took the lead in the fourth minute through Muhammad Syafiq Zulzairi, but it was cancelled out three minutes later when Muhammad Iderus Ali scored.
Selangor pressed forward and took the lead once again in the 19th minute through Mohd Faizal Daud and in the 65th minute Muhammad Amirruddin Abdul sealed the game for them from the penalty spot.
“This was one of our best games of the tournament, I hope the boys maintain their game till the finals” added Elangovan
Selangor have one more game against Kedah and will likely rest several key players to avoid fatigue and suspensions.
“Muhammad Amerullah and S. Selvaraju are suffering thigh strains as they have not had enough rest after featuring in the Malaysia Hockey League,” said Elangovan.
“They are the key players for us and we will be looking to give them a break from the next game.”