Faizzil Zairollail (right) in a file photo. He left UniKL for MBPJ so that he could get a chance to play more and perhaps get chosen to play with the national juniors.
KUALA LUMPUR: Money may make the world go round, but it isn’t everything to defender Faizzil Zairollail.
The Puchong-born player took a 33% pay cut this season when he joined the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) from Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) in the MHC-Milo-NSC Junior Hockey League (MJHL).
Although the 18-year-old was being paid RM1,500 monthly at UniKL he was not happy there.
“I joined MBPJ because I want to be a key player in the team. Although I received RM1,500 monthly from UniKL, I was warming the bench most of last season.
“I am honoured that MBPJ have now made me captain based on my experience playing in the MJHL for five years.
“Money is not everything to me ... what I need is to feature regularly so that I can impress national selectors and get called up for the national junior team and the 2016 Junior World Cup,” he explained.
Faizzil made his debut in the MJHL in 2009 featuring for Shah Alam Section 11 Secondary School in Division Two before joining the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) for three years in Division One.
Last year, he joined UniKL, who finished runners-up in Division One and the Milo Cup.
MBPJ, who won the overall title in 2006, started the MJHL with a 2-1 win over Anderson last Sunday.
They will play their next match against Malacca High School on Sunday at the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium.
Faizzil said the Malacca High School cannot be taken lightly as they have a good team which drew 1-1 with Anderson last week.
“There are seven teams in Division One and we need to win every match to finish in the top four to qualify for the knockout stage.
“A win over Malacca High School will give us the confidence to stay in the hunt for a place in the knockout stage,” said Faizzil.