KUALA LUMPUR: Tenaga Nasional will face two challenges in the semi-final return leg against Terengganu at the Tun Razak Stadium in Jalan Duta today.
Tenaga’s main challenge will be to go for goals and their second challenge is to play in the scorching heat at 3pm.
Tenaga, powered by eight national players, need to overcome a 1-3 deficit after losing to Terengganu in the first-leg semi-final match on Tuesday.
Nor Saiful said they have been missing too many chances in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL).
“We’ll also face a tough situation playing in the scorching heat at 3pm,” said Nor Saiful.
“I’ve two very experienced strikers, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tengku Abdul Jalil and Firhan Ashari, but the duo are not playing to their true potential.
“They’re not sharp enough to deliver the goals. Firhan missed two golden opportunities in the first leg semi-final.
“I want the duo to buck up and get the goals in the return leg,” said Nor Saiful, who guided his team to the Tan Sri P. Alagendra Cup last month.
He added that his juniors like Muhd Akhimullah Anuar Esook, Muhd Noor Firdaus Rosdi and Muhd Arif Syafie Ishak also failed to deliver when it mattered most.
“I also want my captain Faiz Helmi (Jali) to marshal the defence well as Terengganu have two good penalty corner drag flickers.
“Terengganu scored two penalty corner goals in the first leg and we cannot concede penalty corners tomorrow,” said Nor Saiful.
Terengganu coach I. Vickneswaran is also concerned about playing in the torturous heat at 3pm.
“Tenaga have young players and they have the ability to withstand the heat.
“Although we have a two-goal cushion, we’ll not play a defensive game as it will be dangerous. We’ll go all out to score an early goal to put pressure on them.”