Thursday, 26 June 2014 | MYT 12:08 AM
Hockey: Malaysia whip Thailand to cruise into final
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia went on a goal spree, whipping Thailand 8-0 to qualify for the final of the World League Round One hockey championship at the Sengkang Sports and Recreation Centre in Singapore.
Malaysia, the Myanmar SEA Games gold medallists, will face Kazakhstan in the final on Thursday. Kazakhstan also had an easy day, outplaying hosts Singapore 5-1 in the other semi-final.
On Wednesday, three Malaysians – Norazlin Sumantri (second and 31st minutes), Nadia Abdul Rahman (seventh and 38th) and Nuraini Abdul Rashid (50th and 63rd) – scored a brace each. Norbaini Hashim (22nd) and Juliani Mohd Din (49th) contributed the other goals.
National coach Mohd Nasihin Nubli was pleased with the big win.
“Our forwards are in top form. We are in the right frame of mind to beat Kazakhstan and stay unbeaten in the tournament,” said Nasihin.
“We won the World League Round One in Kuantan last year and we want to win this tournament as well. However, I have warned my players not to take Kazakhstan for granted,” added the former international.