Tuesday, December 11, 2012


There are eight changes to the Project 2013 squad that will participate in the Obaidullah Khan Gold Cup Tournament in Bhopal from the squad that played in the Sultan of Johor Cup last month.

The Obaidullah Khan will commence on 19 December with the finals slated on Christmas.

" It is a new look team and we intend to provide the players with the necessary exposure. This team is being build towards the Junior World Cup and I believe the level of competition will prove useful," said team manager Mirnawan Nawawi.

" We hope the players will adapt well to the conditions and play to their abilities despite facing more senior players in the tournament."

The players who played in Johor and are ineligible to play in the Junior World Cup at the end of 2013, Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim, Dedy Aryadi, Mohd Ramadhan Rosli, Amir Farid Ahmad Fuzi and Nor Hizzat Sumantri have been left put as coach K.Dharmaraj seeks to rebuild his team.

Mohd Izad Hakimi Jamaluddin, Shahrul Azaddin Auskrazie, Fitri Saari, Faiz Hemi and Mohd Syamim Yusof are included in the senior squad for the Doha Asian Champions Trophy that will be held at the same time as the tournament in Doha.

The new players included by Dharma who did not see action in Johor are Mohd Hazrul Faiz Othman, Mohd Haziq Shamsul, Mohd Nor Aqmal Ghaffar, Dangerous Lee, Meor Muhammad Azuan Hassan, Ibnu Fathillah Mutalib, Sobirin Illias and Mohd Fitri Ismail.

Those retained are Mohd Shahril Saabah, Mohd Zulhairi Hashim, Mohd Firhan Ashaari, Shazril Irwan Nazli, Mohd Hafiz Zainol, Mohd Azri Hassan, Kavin Karthik, Mohd Rashid Baharom, Shazrul Imran Nazli and Mohd Hafizuddin Othman.

The remaining players with a few to be called up will play Korean National Sports University in a series of friendlies at Bukit Jalil from 18 to 24 December.

The Bhopal bound team will play the Koreans on December 15 and 16 at the National Hockey Stadium.