Having been rejected by Harendra Singh, former champions Yayasan Negeri Sembilan have now shifted their attention towards Sandeep Somesh, who coached the Indian women's team to the Asian Games.

Sandeep represented India in the 1990's and his most notable win was the Asian Games gold medal in Bangkok 1998. If he agrees to the terms, Sandeep is expected to arrive within a week.

YNS it is learnt had approached a German coach but it was conditional, that the coach was to bring along three national players. Another person reportedly approached was a Dutchman who was previously in Malaysia.

Meanwhile the youngsters of YNS showed their bosses, who were no where to be seen during their friendly match against UniKL, that local talent is not as bad as they may think.

For YNS, who only had 11 players available, as they await their foreign legion, matched the more prepared UniKL side blow for blow but lost out on match preparation as well as tactical play.

Currently coached by former international Hasnizam Ah Sim, the youngster from YNS showed promise but lacked tactical awareness as well as fitness to match their opponents.

Impressive in the match were the likes of 16 year old Mohd Ashraf Zuzaili, who hails from Tunku Besar Secondary School and should be able to impress the Project 2013 coaches.

"This was our first friendly match and the preparations will be more comprehensive once the foreign players arrive within a week. We have some talented youngsters and hopefully exposure in the MHL will help NS hockey in the long term," said Hasnizam.



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