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Tengku Ahmad Tajudin Abdul Jalil (right) gets the ball away from a Japanese player in the Asia Cup match which Malaysia won 4-2. Tengku Ahmad says he should be delivering field goals in every match.
IPOH: Tengku Ahmad Tajudin Abdul Jalil, 27, is the most senior forward in the national hockey team.
But that doesn’t mean he likes to pull rank in the team, which explains why he doesn’t mind playing a supporting role in attack.
Perhaps, that also explains his meagre haul of just one goal in three group matches in the ongoing Asia Cup here.
Malaysia have scored a total of 15 goals thus far, with younger forwards like Faizal Saari, 22, and Mohd Firhan Ashaari, 20, bagging four each.
“What’s important is that as long as I can combine well with the forwards – Faizal, Firhan and Izwan Firdaus – and win matches, I’m happy,” said Tengku Ahmad, who will be graduating with a degree in Human Resource from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in October.
The Kangar-born player has donned national colours 185 times since 2007 and is featuring in his third Asia Cup outing.
He made his international debut in 2007 in Chennai, where Malaysia not only won the bronze medal but he was also named the most promising player of the tournament.
Being a forward, Tengku Ahmad is obviously disappointed with his poor returns.
“As the most senior striker, I should be delivering field goals in every match. But I’ve only managed to score one goal against minnows Taiwan – and that too off a penalty corner set-piece,” said Tengku Ahmad, who is grateful to his fellow strikers for stepping up to the plate.
Malaysia have qualified for the semi-finals after notching two wins and a defeat.
They whipped Taiwan 10-2 before losing 4-1 to three-time champions Pakistan.
Against Japan on Tuesday, Malaysia trailed 2-0 before fighting back to win 4-2.
Malaysia finished as runners-up in Group A and will face two-time Asia Cup champions and Group B leaders India in the semi-finals Friday.
The other semi-final is between defending champions South Korea and Pakistan.
Tengku Ahmad also acknowledged that the defence, marshalled by Mohd Razie Abdul Rahim, had been a big letdown in the Asia Cup.
“We’ve conceded goals due to defensive lapses. We will be punished by India, who have skilful players, if we make errors in defence,” he said.
“India will be going all out against us as they need to win the Asia Cup to qualify for next year’s World Cup (in The Hague, Holland).
“India also have a solid defence ... they have yet to concede a goal in this tournament.”
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