Seven Malaysian hockey players set for Euro stint


  • Hockey
  • Saturday, 05 Sep 2015

Malaysia hockey player Mohd Izad Hakimi in action against Pakistan at the Sultan of Johor Cup in 2013. - Filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: Seven players from the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) Premier Division are set to play in the Italian and German leagues.

The seven are Faiz Helmi, Mohd Marhan Jalil and Mohd Izad Hakimi of Sapura; Baljit Singh and S. Selvaraju of Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL); and Rashid Baharom and Kevin Lim of Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC). Selvaraju and Kevin are former internationals while the rest are national players.

MHL chief executive officer K. Logan Raj said on Saturday that all seven players have been issued release letters by the national body (Malaysian Hockey Confederation).

Selvaraju will play in the Italian League while the rest will feature for teams in the German League.

“Only Marhan and Izad are awaiting a release from their club Sapura.

“All seven are expected to play in Europe after the MHL ends on Sept 20 and we’ve only set one condition for their release: that they’ll answer the national call-up if selected,” he said.

MHC have also released four others to play in the Hockey Indian League (HIL) next January.

Goalkeeper S. Kumar, Mohd Razie Rahim, Kevin and Faizal Saari have been given the go-ahead to vie for places in the HIL. The four, together with 142 other foreign players, will be up for auction on Sept 17, with the six franchise teams bidding for their services.

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