KUALA LUMPUR: Sabah’s Shello Silverius wants a shot at the national hockey team after guiding Malaysia to finish third in the six-nation Under-21 Sultan of Johor Cup in Johor in October.
The Keningau-born midfielder is the first player from East Malaysia to captain the national junior team in a tournament.
The 20-year-old Shello also helped Malaysia to win gold in the indoor hockey competition at the recent Philippines SEA Games.
Shello said he has proven himself in the Sultan of Johor Cup by marshalling the midfield well to finish third behind champions British and India in the tournament.
“I am happy to be the first player from my state Sabah to captain the national junior team to finish on the podium.
“I want to fight for a place in the national team. I want to impress the national selectors by playing well in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL), ” said Shello, who will be playing for Tenaga Nasional in the league.
He added that the national selectors will be hoping to call up some young players for national training to replace a few seniors players.
Among the seniors in the national team are goalkeeper S. Kumar, who is 40, national skipper and defender Mohd Sukri Abdul Mutalib, 33, and national forward Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tengku Abdul Jalil, 34.
National chief coach Roelant Oltmans will call up 30 players based on their performance in the MHL for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh from April 11-18.
Shello said it would be a dream come true if he is called up for national training.
“I have been in the national juniors team for the last three years but I have yet to receive a national senior call-up.
“I hope I can play to my true form in the MHL to impress the national coach, ” said Shello, who has been playing in the MHL since 2018.
“I believe that Tenaga Nasional led by all local players will give other teams powered by foreign players a run for their money in the MHL.”
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