Tenaga coach worried about poor penalty corner conversion

  • Hockey
  • Wednesday, 05 Aug 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: Coach Nor Saiful Zaini is concerned with Tenaga Nasional’s poor penalty corner execution.

Tenaga started off their Premier Division campaign in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) with a 2-1 win over Maybank last Sunday.

All their goals came from field attempts – one each by Mohd Shahril Saabah and Nik Mohd Aiman Nik Rozemi - despite Tenaga earning six penalty corners, which were all squandered.

They have four capable penalty corner flickers – Mohd Amin Rahim, Aminudin Mohd Zain and Syed Mohd Syafiq Syed Cholan and Mohd Firdaus Omar.

“I am worried that we are not scoring from the penalty corner set-pieces. This is not good for us. Penalty corners are crucial in the outcome of a match,” said Nor Saiful, a penalty corner specialist in the national team during his heyday.

“We have been working on the set pieces in training for the last three days. I hope we get it right in the next match against UniKL (Universiti Kuala Lumpur) on Friday.

“We need to score from penalty corners, not only to win the match but also to regain our confidence,” added Nor Saiful.

Tenaga are the only side in the six-team Premier Division to rely solely on local players. They are powered by two national players – goalkeeper S. Kumar and forward Shahril Saabah.

Tenaga have also roped in six Project 2016 players – defenders Aminudin, Mohd Amirol Aideed Mohd Arshad, midfielders Nik Mohd Aiman and Mohd Najib Abu Hassan, Mohd Firdaus and Syed Mohd Syafiq.

Unlike Tenaga, UniKL failed to win their opening match on Sunday. They were beaten 2-1 by Sapura.

Nor Saiful has warned his players not to take UniKL for granted.

“We can expect a close fight from UniKL. They have three good foreign players. We also have to watch out for Patrick Neil Schultz, who is good with his penalty corner flicks,” said Nor Saiful.

Last season, Tenaga finished third in the league and third in the overall championship.
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