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New Zealand are still keen to hold a series of friendly hockey matches against Malaysia next month as part of their preparation for the Olympics.
Malaysia defeated South Africa 2-1 in the men's Four-Nations Challenge hockey tournament in Sydney and confirmed their place in Sunday's final when India held Australia to a 2-2 draw later.
The national junior team, who are preparing for the Junior Asia Cup in Karachi from April 20-29, may have to do without first choice forward Ismail Abu, who aggravated a hamstring injury in a friendly match against the US team on Monday.
The national hockey team begin their three-Test series with the US today but the biggest worry for the officials is: just who will turn up for the match?
After the national hockey team's fiasco in the Olympic qualifiers, the sport appears headed for a downward spiral. This must be a dilemma for the National Sports Council (NSC), who have supported the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) through thick and thin. NSC director general Datuk Wira Mazlan Ahmad, who returned from Madrid disappointed but not disillusioned, tells B>Starsport's S. RAMAGURU /B>about NSC's aspirations for hockey.
Two of the seven national junior hockey players who fail to make the final squad of 18 for the Junior Asia Cup may get a call-up to join the senior side for two four-nation tournaments in Australia this month.
German Paul Lissek has made it clear that he has no ill feelings over the Malaysian Hockey Federation's (MHF) decision on not retaining him as the chief coach.