Kumar and Harte to keep hockey fans thrilled


KUALA LUMPUR: Former international S. Kumar (left) is among three experts who will speak about what it takes to be a top goalkeeper. Alongside him will be two-time FIH world best goalkeeper David Harte (right) of Ireland and former national coach A. Arulselvaraj.

The three will have a one-and-half-hour live chat with fans via the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) Facebook page at 8pm on June 5.

The 40-year-old Kumar is probably the best person in Malaysia to talk about goalkeeping. He has represented Malaysia 323 times over two decades from 1999-2019.

The Tampin-born player was voted the best player in Asia in 2010 and has also won the best keeper awards in the Asia Cup in Chennai in 2009 and in the World League Semi-Finals in London in 2017.

Kumar, who is now the National Juniors’ goalkeepers coach, said he was honoured to be invited to speak on goalkeeping department.

The 32-year-old Harte, meanwhile, has been hailed as the greatest goalkeeper in the world but is also popular in Malaysia, having played for Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) for the past four years.

The lanky Harte, who has featured for Ireland 215 times since 2006, helped UniKL to win league, Charity Shield and overall Cup treble in the MHL in February.

Arulselvaraj, who will moderate the event, said the idea to have a live chat about goalkeeping came from MHC president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal.”We’re having the live chat at 8pm Malaysian time so the players and fans in Europe and other parts of the world can join in, ” said the UniKL coach.

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