Coach Nasihin hands Nur Aisyah debut in World League hockey


  • Hockey
  • Saturday, 28 Feb 2015

Engineering student Nur Aisyah Yaacob will be making her senior team debut in the Women's World League Round Two in New Delhi from March 7-15.

KUALA LUMPUR: Teenager Nur Aisyah Yaacob is as intelligent as she is talented in hockey.

The 18-year-old midfielder, who was only called up for national training two months ago, managed to impress national coach Mohd Nasihin Nubli and has been picked to make her debut for the Women’s World League Round Two in New Delhi from March 7-15.

Nur Aisyah, who scored 8As and 2Bs in her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations in 2013, is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) in Putrajaya.

Nasihin believes that Nur Aisyah, whom he desribed as a hard-working player, can marshal the midfield.

“She is also capable of scoring from penalty corners drag flicks ... she’ll live up to my expectations in New Delhi,” said Nasihin.

Nur Aisyah, who was named the best player for her state Malacca in the National Schools Championships (MSSM) in Malacca in 2012, jumped for joy after finding out that she’ll be heading for New Delhi.

“I’m so happy! I want to thank coach Nasihin for having faith in me. This is the biggest break for me in my hockey career ... I won’t let the coach down,” said the former student of Tuanku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) in Johor.

The national women’s team, ranked 21st in the world, have never gone past the World League Round Two but stand a good chance of reaching the semi-final stage as they are seeded second behind favourites and world No. 13 India.

Eight teams will feature in the tournament and the top two teams will qualify for World League Semi-Finals.

The national team will leave for New Delhi on Tuesday and play a friendly against Poland on Thursday before opening their Group B campaign against Kazakhstan on March 7.

Malaysia’s other matches are against Russia (March 8) and Singapore (March 10).

India are in Group A with Poland, Ghana and Thailand.

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