Nurmaizatul wants to be captain of Malaysian junior hockey team


  • Hockey
  • Monday, 20 Apr 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Nurmaizatul Hanim Syafi Sheik Fuad was only 16 when she featured for the national women’s hockey team in the Asia Cup in Kakamigahara, Japan, in 2017.

The forward from Bayan Lepas in Penang has 33 international caps and is certainly the best candidate for the skipper’s arm band for the Malaysian team to the Junior Asia Cup which was supposed to be held at Kakamigahara from April 6-12.

However, the tournament has now been postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nurmaizatul, who turned 19 in February and is pursuing a mechanical engineering degree at Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) in Bangi, said that her dream of playing for the country had been fulfilled at the age of 16.

“I was excited to play in the Asia Cup in 2017 and it was the turning point of my hockey career. Since then, I have been a regular in the national team.

“Now, my second aim is to be skipper of the national junior team as I am one of the most senior players among the juniors.

“It feels nice to lead the Malaysian team in a tournament,” said Nurmaizatul, who is the youngest among four siblings.

“I also want to be a lethal striker. I have played in a few tournaments but I am not too pleased with my scoring rate. I have to work harder to sharpen my scoring skills,” said Nurmaizatul, who last played for Malaysia in the FIH World Series in Banbridge, Ireland, in July last year.

She played for PKS-Uniten in the National Women’s League and scored five goals to help her team win the overall title.

In the league, Uniten finished runners-up to champions Hockey Academy (Hockademy) of Kuala Lumpur.

Nurmaizatul made her debut this year in Division One of the German League with the Bremer club side and they are currently leading the 10-team league.

She was supposed to return to Germany last week to play in the second part of the league but it was postponed to a later restart due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

When asked how she spends her time as all sporting events have been cancelled, Nurmaizatul said: “I go shopping at malls for sports shoes.

“I have about 15 pairs of sports shoes and half of them are turf shoes. I love my Adidas sports shoes.

“I hope the situation will improve by the end of this month so we can start training for the Junior Asia Cup,” said Nurmaizatul.

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