KUALA LUMPUR: Former Germany international Kevin Lim could be the answer to the national hockey team’s defensive woes.
The Malaysian-born player has been cleared by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and the German Hockey Federation (DHB) to play for Malaysia.
The 29-year old Kevin, who last played for Germany in 2010, will arrive in Malaysia on Monday to begin training with the national team who are preparing for the Champions Challenge 1 in Kuantan from April 26-May 4.
Kevin’s inclusion in the team will largely depend on how he performs in Malaysia’s six friendly matches against China from April 13-19.
National coach K. Dharmaraj said yesterday that Kevin, who holds a MyKad as his father is a Malaysian, was given the clearance by FIH and DHB recently.
“Like all players in the training squad, Kevin will have to undergo selection trials before we name the final 18. He will start training with us on Tuesday.
“Kevin is a defender and is an able stand-in for injured Mohamed Razie Rahim. He played three matches for us in our recent tour of Perth, Australia, and also in a friendly against Canada last month.
“I was impressed by his performances and asked him to join the training squad. He played his last match for Germany in 2010, so he needed to wait three years before he can play for another team,” added Dharmaraj.
Kevin is no stranger to Malaysian hockey fans, having played for Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) in 2009.
Besides the Champions Challenge 1, Malaysia are also preparing for the World Cup Finals in Holland in May.
In the recent Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, the defence was identified as a weak link although Malaysia finished as runners-up.