KUALA LUMPUR: Former champions KL Hockey Club (KLHC) have started the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) season with a bang.
But they are not jumping for joy.
KLHC defeated double champions Terengganu 2-1 away in the opening Premier Division match and then whipped Sapura 5-2 at home.
After two matches they head the table with maximum points.
But team manager Ahmad Annuar Sham Kamar is preaching caution to his players.
He explained that KLHA had been in similar positions in the last two years where they were leading almost to the tailend of the season.
“But one bad result turned our title hopes away from us and then we lost the last game to Terengganu which ended our title chance.
“So we cannot take anything for granted. Yes I’m happy with the performance and commitment of the players but there’s still a long way to go.
“All it takes is one bad result to put you in trouble,” he said.
The club did not have the best of preparations for the new season as they lost three influential national players.
Skipper and defender Mohamed Razie Rahim and midfielder Nabil Fiqri were ruled out of the tournament as they are undergoing a course with the Police.
Dedy Ariyadi picked up an injury and had to undergo surgery which ruled him out for the rest of the season.
KLHC had to bring in youngster Mohamed Nur Asyraf Ishak. They also have in their midst three Pakistanis, one Dutch, one Spaniard and a Korean as part of their foreign imports.
KLHC play UniKL and Tenaga Nasional this weekend and then wrap up the first half of the campaign against Maybank on Sept 4.