Sunday, May 8, 2016

Magnificent 7 Grounded

None of the coaches dubbed as the "magnificent seven" will be allowed to coach or play for teams in this years Malaysian Hockey League.

The seven are national coach Stephen van Huizen, national assistant coach Lim Chiow Chuan, women's chief coach K.Dharmaraj, his assistant Lailin Abu Hassan, National Develpment team head coach Wallace Tan, Wonen Development squad head coach K.Gobinathan and 1Mas Director Tai Beng Hai.

In reiterating this stand, MHC Coaching Chairman Dato Ow Soon Kooi said that this condition was already made known to the coaches in January.

" They know our stand and I believe all wil adhere to the decision, " said Ow.

" All of then have a role to play during the MHL as they will have to monitor the performances of their respective players as well as scout for talent.

" Thus I hope the coaches will understand the situation and I hope their clubs too realise that as full time coaches with MHC they have to adhere to the regulations."

Teams that will be affected by this rule will be KL Hockey Clun ( Dharma and Lim) , Sapura ( Stephen and Beng Hai) as well as Uitm (Gobi).

While these seven cannot coach or play, some others will be allowed to coach or play in the MHL.

Amongst those who are still expected to play are Roslsn Jsmsluddin (KLHC) and Mohd Amin Rahim ( TNB).

Roslan is the goalkeeper coach for the Nstional Development Squad while Amin is the assistant coach of the team.

It will be interesting to see who will now handle high profile teams such as KLHC and Sapura.