KUALA LUMPUR: Nine hockey players have vowed to help Penang retain the men’s Malaysia Games (Sukma) hockey gold in remembrance of their late coach Bob Rajendran (pic).
Bob, who coached the Penang Sukma team since 2000 and guided the boys to their first-ever hockey gold at the Sarawak Sukma in Kuching two years ago, sadly passed away on July 25 due to soft tissue cancer.
He had been a coach for 30 years.
Nine players, who have been retained from the Sarawak Sukma squad are Kamal Ridzuan Kamaruddin, Muhammad Alif Farhan Riduan, Muhammad Amirul Hamizan, Muhammad Solehuddin Yuzaidi, Muhammad Faiz Danial Mohd Noor, Muhammad Hafizhuddin Zaidi, Muhammad Raimi Abdul Latif, Muhammad Sulaiman Abdul Razak and Muhammad Syazwan Rosli.
And former international Jiwa Mohan, who is now Penang’s coach, said they would continue the legacy left behind by Bob.
“We wouldn’t have done it without him. He was such a great coach. But it is sad that he is no more with us,” said Jiwa, who was trained by Bob in the 90s during the Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL).
“The nine boys, especially, have vowed to rise to the occasion and give their best to retain the gold in remembrance of coach Bob,” said Jiwa.
Penang showed they are serious in defending the title as they went for five-match playing Tour in Perth last month.
At the Perak Games, thirteen teams will feature in the men’s category and Penang are drawn in Group A with Melaka, Johor, Sabah, Kuala Lumpur and Negri Sembilan.
Perlis, the silver medallists, are drawn in Group B with hosts Perak, Sarawak, Selangor, Pahang, Terengganu and Kedah.
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