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Mohd Madzli Ikmar has quit the national team for good to concentrate on club hockey and coaching. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: Former national skipper Mohamed Madzli Ikmar, who was called out of retirement in September last year, has decided to quit the national hockey team.
Madzli revealed on Friday that he had informed the team management on Thursday of his decision to quit the team currently preparing for the Champions Challenge 1 in Kuantan from April 26-May 4 and World Cup Finals in Holland from May 31-June 15.
Madzli, 34, had initially quit international hockey in April 2012 after Malaysia failed to make the cut for the London Olympics.
But he continued to play for his employers, Tenaga Nasional (TNB), in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL). Last year, he earned a call-up from then national coach Paul Revington.
He went on a couple of tours with the team to Australia and South Korea and was supposed to be among the senior players to be included in the Champions Challenge 1 squad.
“Yes, I am quitting the national team for good. I will now concentrate on the domestic league and coaching task with TNB,” said Madzli, adding that he had a talk with his family before coming to the decision.
National coach K. Dharmaraj said Madzli’s withdrawal was a blow as he can still contribute to the team.
“But we have to respect his decision. It was not a sudden decision. He said that his body is not able to take in the training sessions any more and it has become harder to perform at such a high level.
“He has been an exemplary player and we wish him the best. He has always produced a very high work-rate and was a good defensive player,” said Dharmaraj.
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