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by aftar singh
A file photo of S. Kuhan (left) who will once again be playing for Negri Sembilan in the Razak Cup.
KUALA LUMPUR: The 51st edition of the Razak Cup in Kuantan might turn out to be a mini veterans tournament.
There are more former internationals rather than current national players.
Most of the national players have decided to take a break as they are tired after playing in the Asia Cup, which ended in Ipoh on Sunday.
With fewer national players, this year’s Razak Cup will not be as competitive and exciting.
Negri Sembilan, who finished fourth in Division One, will have the services of four former national players - ex-national skipper S. Kuhan, 37, Mohd Madzli Ikmar, 34, M. Kaliswaran, 34, and Suhaimi Ibrahim, 34.
Negri will be led by national midfielder Mohd Marhan Mohd Jalil, who has been named the captain.
They also have the services of national goalkeeper S. Kumar.
Former penalty corner specialist Kuhan, who has been playing in the Razak Cup since 1993, said that although he is 37 he still loves to play hockey.
“Hockey is in my blood and I will continue playing as long as my services are needed.
“I also hope to score goals from penalty corners and help Negri finish on the podium,” said the father of two.
Negri coach S. Chandran said that they have named a mixed team of senior and junior players.
“We have included former internationals for the Razak Cup because they have the experience and will lead the juniors.
“I have named nine juniors in the team as they need the exposure in the preparation for next year’s Under-21 Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Kangar,” said Chandran.
Last year, Negri lost to Kuala Lumpur 8-4 in the third-placing match.
For this year’s Razak Cup, Negri are drawn in Group A with defending champion Terengganu, Johor and Malacca while last year’s losing finalist Pahang is in Group B with KL, Perak and Penang.
Negri will open their campaign Sunday against last year’s Division Two champions Malacca.
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hockey, Razak Cup, S. Kuhan, Negri Sembilan, Mohd Madzli Ikmar, M. Kaliswaran, Suhaimi Ibrahim
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