It’s test and tweak against Oman

  • Hockey
  • Monday, 16 Oct 2017

KUALA LUMPR: Malaysia are using the match against Oman to fine-tune their game ahead of the Asia Cup Super Four round.

Malaysia have already qualified for the next round after the 7-1 and 2-1 Group B wins over China and South Korea.

National coach Stephen van Huizen said the match against Oman will not affect their place in the Super Four.

He said the match will be used to expose the fringe players and to work on their weaknesses.

“It is good that we have a match to work on our weak areas ahead of the Super Four, which is a tournament by itself.

“The matches will be tougher and we need to be ready. I’m pleased that our initial target of making the Super Four has been achieved,” he said in a telephone interview from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Stephen added that there are no major injuries although skipper Mohamed Shukri Mutalib limped out against the Koreans.

“It’s a minor leg injury and he may be rested against Oman. There are other players with slight knocks but that’s normal. We’ll field the full team for the next round,” he added.

The team are expected to work on the penalty corner set-pieces against Oman.

In their last two matches, Malaysia earned six penalty corners in each match but only scored three goals.

Two were from direct attempts and one off a rebound.

“We are not overly concerned but it could have been better. We are certainly having a better scoring rate from field attempts.

“We have four good flickers and I’m sure we can rotate them,” he said.

Mohamed Razie Rahim and Faizal Saari are the main goal-getters while Mohamed Shahril Saabah and Mohamed Najmi Hazlan are also adept in drag flick situations.

In yesterday’s Group A match, Japan defeated hosts Bangladesh 3-1 while India also won 3-1 against Pakistan.

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