KUALA LUMPUR: After a successful outing in the Junior World Cup in New Delhi last month, midfielder Meor Mohamed Azuan Hasan is all fired up to represent Malaysia in the World Cup in The Hague, Holland, in May.
Malaysia last competed in the World Cup as the host in Kuala Lumpur in 2002.
Last month, at the Junior World Cup in New Delhi, national juniors coach K. Dharmaraj guided Malaysia to finish a remarkable fourth place among 16 teams.
The Kuala Kangsar-born Meor, who weighs 58kg and is 165cm in height, is among 45 players to attend the national training, which begins today in preparation for five major assignments this year.
The players will undergo a physical test on Friday to check their fitness level.
The national team will feature in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh from March 13-23, FIH Champions Challenge 1 in Kuantan from April 26-May 4, World Cup in The Hague from May 31-June 15, Glasgow Commonwealth Games from July 23-Aug 3 and the Incheon Asian Games from Sept 19-Oct 4.
Meor, who will turn 20 come Feb 16, is still eligible to feature in the Junior Asia Cup next year, which is the qualifying tournament for the 2016 Junior World Cup.
Meor, who earned his first two senior international caps by playing two of the five Test matches against South Africa last June, said that he is looking forward to featuring in the World Cup in Holland.
“I had a splendid outing in the Junior World Cup and was more than happy with my performance in New Delhi.
“And it will be a real great achievement for me if I can also represent Malaysia in the World Cup.
“I want to be among the few players who has played in both the junior and senior World Cups,” said Meor, who plays for Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL).
Meor said that he will also feature in the national junior team in the Sultan of Johor Cup in October and in the Junior Asia Cup next year.
“I want to help Malaysia qualify for the 2016 Junior World Cup in India although I will not be eligible to play in the Finals,” said Meor.
Besides Meor, midfielder Mohd Haziq Samsul and forward Mohd Shahril Saabah, who also featured in the Junior World Cup in New Delhi, are also eligible to play in the 2015 Junior Asia Cup.
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