KL Hockey Club have nothing to lose but all to gain in the forthcoming MHL that gets underway next Wednesday.


With several other teams on a buying spree, shoring up their teams with stars akin to Chelsea and Manchester City, the defending champions have opted for a low key approach.

As a matter of fact they only finalised their team and coaching staff last week.

I. Vikneswaran will team up with former national coach K. Dharmaraj to handle the team as coaches with former Indian international Len Aiyappa handling the penalty corner department.

With the MHL planned on dates that clash with the Champions Trophy, KLHC are severely affected in terms of getting the services of top internationals to add colour to the MHL.

They have lost the services of Australia's Tim Deavin as well as  Pakistan's national skipper Muhammad Imran.

But the evergreen Waserm Ahmad will once again don KLHC colours and they can also count on the services of two young Australian players - Harrison Page and Mathew Mallinson, both who are 20 years old.

Also donning KLHC colours are Pakistanis Muhammad Imran and the ace scorer Akhtar Ali.

"We have nothing to lose but all to gain as there is no pressure on us this time around," said team manager George Koshy.

" We will be more then happy to finish mid table and in the knock out stages it will depend on getting a positive performance out of the players that will be rewarded with just rewards.

"Terengganu are the favorites to bag all the titles as they have a stellar cast of players and I expect TNB, Maybank and UniKL to pose title threats.

"We are here to compete and give it our best shot."

KLHC has had a phenomenal record in the MHL and it has been largely due to the untiring efforts of Koshy who built a formidable squad over the years, starting as Arthur Anderson before being known as Ernst&Young and finally as KL Hockey Club.

Despite the exodus of players like Baljit Singh, Azril Misron, KLHC has managed to sign some talented players in the likes of Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim, Mohd Rashid Baharom and his younger brother Mohd Rahimi Baharom. Another youngster is Asri Hassan who has the talent to develop into a class player.

"We will blood talented youngsters who are striving for success and hope playing alongside experienced players will help develop them," added George.

"With the format of all six teams making the knockout there is really no losers in the league stage and hence there will not be any form of pressure."

One player that will sorely be missed in the MHL is the late Chua Boon Huat who passed away in a tragic accident on August last year.

 



 

 

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