KUALA LUMPUR: Old warhorses, still fighting fit after retirement, showed they have not lost their fire in the 61st Maba/Matrix Agong Cup at the Maba Stadium here.
The team led by household names Chee Li Wei, Loh Shee Fai and former national captain Soo Eng Heng have reunited once again under the banner of Miri Firehorse to try and break the dominance of Negri Sembilan in the national meet.
The ex-national players, led by Shee Fai, said they were still hungry for a challenge.
“Coming together here is like a reunion for us. We’ve been together in the national team for such a long time and it is always fun to relive those days by playing competitively once again, ” said Shee Fai.
“It’s quite difficult for us to meet as most of us have our own jobs and careers, while some of us are playing semi-professionally.
“But we try to make it a point to gather during the Agong Cup and try for a shot at the title. All of us love a challenge, so that’s why we are here still playing at the Agong Cup.”
The group of players have been given the nickname “Avengers” as they have been trying to stop Negri but have failed in their last two attempts – losing in the finals when they played for Melaka (2017) and Police (2018).
This time under Firehorse, they look ripe for another title shot after finishing at the top of the Division Two standings by winning their opening four matches.
They overcame Knight Fury 74-59 on Sunday before thrashing Sam Tiong Keng Youth 103-37 on Tuesday.
They then took out Speedhunters 75-36 on Wednesday before beating Penang Horng Tat Motorpart 105-42 on Thursday.
“We are still trying to get back to our best game because we haven’t had much of a chance to play together as a team before this, ” said Shee Fai.
“So far, the matches have been comfortable but it will be different against teams like Westports Malaysia (Dragons) and Negri because their fitness and playing levels are much higher.”
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