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Tuesday October 15, 2013 MYT 3:19:00 PM
Tuesday October 15, 2013 MYT 3:20:58 PM
by aftar singh
Dangerous Lee (right) is being given a chance to prove his worth and win a spot on the Junior World Cup squad.
KUALA LUMPUR: National forward Mohd Firhan Ashaari and midfielder Mohd Azwar Abdul Rahman have been dropped from the hockey squad going on a playing tour to India.
The 20-year-old Kuala Terengganu-born Firhan, who featured in the Asia Cup in Ipoh two months ago, is down with a knee injury while Azwar, who played in the Sultan of Johor Cup last month, is being rested.
Firhan, who has 33 senior international caps, is replaced by Sarawak-born Dangerous Lee while Joel Samuel van Huizen, the son of former national coach Stephen van Huizen, is selected in place of Azwar.
The national juniors will play three matches against the Indian juniors on Oct 18, 20 and 21 at the Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in New Delhi, which is the venue of the Junior World Cup from Dec 6-15.
There are 25 players in the training squad and national juniors coach K. Dharmaraj is expected to name the final squad of 18 players for the Junior World Cup on Nov 18.
Dharmaraj said that the playing tour to India would give him a chance to see how well Joel and Dangerous combine with the other players.
“The three matches against India would be their last matches before featuring in the Junior World Cup.
“The tour will also give us a chance to get used to the turf, official hotel and logistical woes we will face in India,” said Dharmaraj, who will leave with 18 players for New Delhi on Wednesday.
The national juniors played the Indian juniors twice in the Sultan of Johor Cup last month. Malaysia drew 3-3 in the preliminary round match before losing 3-0 in the final.
The squad: Mohd Hazrul Faiz Ahmad Sobri, Mohd Hafizuddin Othman, Mohd Fitri Saari, Mohd Rashid Baharom, G. Kavin Kartik, Mohd Hafiz Zainol, Shazril Irwan Nazli, Meor Mohd Azuan, Mohd Haziq Samsul, Mohd Izad Hakimi Jamaluddin, Mohd Zulhairi Hashim, Faiz Helmi Jali, Mohd Syamim Mohd Yusof, Mohd Azri Hassan, Mohd Shahril Saabah, Joel Samuel van Huizen, Dangerous Lee.
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hockey, Dangerous Lee, Mohd Firhan Ashaari, Mohd Azwar Abdul Rahman, Joel Samuel van Huizen, Junior World Cup
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