Tuesday, 24 June 2014 | MYT 10:18 PM
Hockey: Nuraini aiming for more goals in double mission
Nuraini Abdul Rashid (middle) is aiming for the top scorer’s award at the World League Round One hockey championship. - filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: Forward Nuraini Abdul Rashid has a dual mission at the World League Round One hockey championship.
She wants to help Malaysia emerge champions as well as winning the top scorer award.
The Perak-born penalty corner specialist has scored five goals – four from penalty corners and a field attempt – in two matches. Nuraini and Kazakhstan’s Vera Domashneva are now joint top scorers.
Malaysia were in immaculate form in Group A, whipping Sri Lanka (14-0) and hosts Singapore (10-0). They will face Thailand in the semi-finals on Wednesday at the Sengkang Sports and Recreation Centre in Singapore.
The 24-year-old Nuraini, however, is not happy with her scoring rate.
“I believe I can score more goals. I just need to stay focused and make full use of the chances I get,” said Nuraini.
“We want to score as many goals as possible against Thailand.
“We have not conceded a single goal in two matches and we want to maintain it the semi-finals,” said Nuraini.
Kazakhstan, who won Group B after wins over Thailand (2-0), Hong Kong (2-0) and Myanmar (2-0), will start as favourite in the other semi-final against Singapore.
The World League Round One is the qualifying tournament for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.