Monday, July 11, 2016

Faizal back in contention

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Faizal Saari will take his first step towards regaining his place in the national Hockey squad this Tuesday.

The 24 year old Terengganu Hockey Team player will report for training as an attachment player with the National Development Squad under the tutelage of Erling Wallace Tan.

This was confirmed by THT coach Sarjit Singh who said that Faizal will report Tuesday as the Terengganu Razak Cup winning side had a function on Monday night hosted by the Menteri Besar in Kuala Terengganu.

" Yes , Faizal has been notified and he will be at training on Tuesday," said Sarjit when contacted.

" I believe that he will use this opportunity to regain his place in the senior national squad."

Faizal was provisionally barred from the national side after his failure to turn up for camp in November last year.

The ban was over on June 20 and at the Razak Cup in May, Faizal emerged the leading goal scorer.

For MHC Vice President and Coaching Chairman Dato Ow Soon Kooi, the inclusion of Faizal into the Development Squad on attachment is part of the process implemented by the national body.

" I hope he values the opportunity and shows commitment towards the national cause. There should be a sense of pride as well as desire in wanting to represent the country," said Ow when asked to comment on the inclusion of Faizal.

THT are also zeroing in on securing the services of four Korean players have secured the services of one Argentinean , Pablo Xavier who was a member of the squad last season and Pakistani skipper Mohammad Irfan who played for Maybank last year, for the MHL which starts on August 18.

" We are in contact with the Koreans and we hope to make a trip there within these few days to finalise the signing  of players for THT," said Sarjit.

" We have got the names of the four players who cone highly recommended by their coach Paul Lissek."

The THT team played their Sukma squad over 3 days to help prepare the youngsters for the games.

With Firhan Ashaari moving to Sapura, THT were quick to sign up Jiwa Mohan, Baljit Singh and Harneet Singh to bolster the squad.

With the likes of former international Shahrun Nabil, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin , Ismail Abu and Azlan Mison coupled with current internationals Fitri Saari and Mohd Hafizuddin in goal, the East Coast side can be looked upon as early favourites to retain their crown.