Friday, August 16, 2013


Faizal Saari will be making his debut in the German Hockey League in September.

And he joins a list of Malaysian players to oly their trade in the Bundesliga that will run from Seotember till November.

Faizal will don the colours of Berlin HC and leave after the Asia Cup and is exoectedly to feature prominently in the 16 matches that will run till November.

In 1997 there were five olayers who played in the German League, namely S.Kuhan and Kerpal Singh ( Limburg HC ), Nor Azlan Bakar and Chairil Anwar Abdul Aziz ( Frankfurt 1880 ) and R.Shankar ( Safo HC ).

In addition the late Chua Boon Huat turned out for Red White Munich in 2005.

"It is indeed a privilage to be considered to play in the German League. No doubt the exposure there will help me improve my game," said Faizal who played in the Australian League and the Indian Hockey League.

"I have secured the necessary release from the MHC and my employers and look forward to thr three month stint.

*My focus at the moment is to help the national team secure a berth in the World Cup."

National coach Paul Revington is helping Faizal with the nitty gritty part of his trio like finalising the negotiations and making the travel arrangenents.

"I have no issues of releasing him to play in the German League. I am currently helping him with his contract and other arrangements," said Revington.

*I hope more players will get a chance to play overseas and currently the window of the German league best suits our plans.

"There are a couple of players that should be playing overseas and we hope they too can secure places."

The stint for Faizal was made possible by Philip Stahr who played fot UniKL in the Malaysian Hockey League.

It is sad though that MHC have failed to get more players to ply their trade overseas thus making the grand pland outlined by Tengku Abdullah a mere pledge and nothing more then talk.