Skipper Fitri promises to deliver the goods despite sick son

  • Hockey
  • Sunday, 21 Jan 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: It’s not easy to perform in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) when you have a sick child to worry about.

But Terengganu skipper Fitri Saari is taking that in his stride even though his seven-year-old son is suffering from chronic lung infection.

“My twin son Muhammad Adam Zafran has been discharged from hospital a few days ago. But he needs an oxygen machine to breathe,” said Fitri.

“I’m worried about him. It’s not easy to focus on a game when my mind is on my sick child. It’s my prayer that he’ll recover,” said the hard-working national midfielder.

His other twin son Muhd Yusuf Zahran is fine.

On the field, skipper Fitri has promised to deliver the goods.

“We hope to maintain our good run in the Premier Division,” said Fitri, who has 110 international caps.

Terengganu lead the six-team standings with 10 points from three wins and one draw.

They will be out to extend their winning streak against Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil today.

UniKL are third in the standings with seven points from four matches.

The 25-year-old Fitri said: “They have a solid team and they proved this by coming back from three goals down to snatch a 3-3 draw with KL Hockey Club (KLHC).

“UniKL will be going all out against us to collect full points to stay on track for the league title.”

Terengganu are banking on their penalty corner specialist Gonzalo Peillat to deliver the goals against UniKL.

The Argentine defender has been in top form, scoring seven goals in all four matches so far.

UniKL also boast the prolific Jeroen Hertzberger of Holland, who has netted six goals in four matches.

Fitri said Peillat had been the pillar of the team, marshalling the defence while consistently converting the penalty corners.

“A win over UniKL will further boost our hopes to continue our winning ways in the Premier Division,” said Fitri.

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