Seldom do we have hockey officials, be it coaches or managers speak their mind about the ability of their teams or their opponents as they prefer to take the safe way out by reserving their comments or saying flowery things about other teams.But at the Press Conference for the preview of the 2013 TNBMHL, it was a totally different approach as KL Hockey Club coach K. Dharmaraj and Tenaga Nasional Berhad assistant team manager Nor Saiful Zaini Nasaruddin were bold enough to outline their teams chances, paying scant respect to the ability of their opponents.
The TNB Malaysian Hockey League for the 2013 season will commence this Friday and the focal point will not only be on debutants Terengganu HT, but also on the foreign players that have signed up to represent several teams in the Premier Division.
20 foreign players have signed up for various teams for the new season of MHL.A total of 14 teams will battle it our for honours in the Premier and First Division of the TNBMHL that first made its debut in 1987.
Terenganu have been allowed to play in the Premier Division of the forthcoming TNBMHL as they have managed to convince the Malaysian Hockey Confederation on the strength of their team by submitting a tentative list of players.
There is a strong possibility that Pakistani national players will not be allowed to play in the forthcoming Malaysian Hockey League.
As the entries closed for the 2013 season of the Malaysian Hockey League, not only were there six entries for the Premier Division, but defending champions KL Hockey Club were also hit for a sixer as six of their more established players left for so-called greener pastures.KLHC were the hardest hit in terms of players exodus with the emergence of a team from Terengganu, reportedly paying mega bucks to lure national players to migrate.