Mohd Firdaus Omar helped Malacca outplay favourites Selangor 3-0 in the opening men’s Group B hockey match at Sukma on May 24, 2014.
KANGAR: At 18, Mohd Firdaus Omar is already being called upon to play with the national hockey team.
The Malaccan midfielder played for the national senior team in two of the six friendly matches against the China national team last month.
National junior assistant coach Jivan Mohan, who is in Perlis to identify players for the national junior team, said that national chief coach K. Dharmaraj was impressed with Firdaus’ performance in the two friendlies.
“Firdaus is dedicated and hardworking and has a lot of talent. He is a good playmaker and has a bright future in hockey,” said Jivan.
Firdaus did not disappoint on Saturday as he helped Malacca outplay favourites Selangor 3-0 in the opening men’s Group B hockey match at the State Sports Complex Hockey Turf.
Malacca took the lead through Mohd Hannif Abdul Razak off their first penalty corner in the fourth minute.
They doubled the score four minutes later when Mohd Ashraf Zuhri deflected the ball into goal off a through-pass by Firdaus.
Hannif was the toast of the team when he scored his second and Malacca’s third goal off another penalty corner in the 35th minute.
Firdaus, who will enrol at Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) next month to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering, said they could have won by a bigger margin if not for the blistering heat at their 11am match.
“It is ridiculous to play at 11am as it was very humid and hot. The heat affected our performance in the second-half,” said Firdaus, who is looking forward to playing in the Junior Asia Cup next year.
“My goal is to represent Malaysia in the 2016 Junior World Cup and also to follow in the footsteps of my uncle Zaharin Zakaria, who is a former international.
“I also want to help Malacca win their first men’s hockey title in Sukma. We had a good start by beating Selangor, who won the National Under-21 tournament in Kuala Lumpur last December,” said Firdaus.
Malacca have never won the men’s hockey since the Games’ inception in 1986.