PETALING JAYA: Terengganu have roped in former national hockey coach Tai Beng Hai to lead their challenge in the Razak Cup tournament at Bukit Jalil from Sept 18-28.
The east coast side finished third in 2019 and this time around they intend to repeat their 2016 triumph.
When Beng Hai was the national coach, he guided Malaysia to ninth placing in the World Hockey League in 2016.
The 55-year-old Beng Hai believes that Terengganu have the material in the team to make it to the top of the podium again.
“The change in format and the Covid-19 outbreak have given all the teams in the competition a chance to win but I believe that Terengganu have a solid set-up. We have the Saari brothers – Faizal and Fitri – and they can gel with the players from the Bukit Jalil Sports School and Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School, ” said Beng Hai.
“My role is to mould the players into a strong unit. The players in the team have played in the Malaysian Hockey League (MHL) and therefore they are used to top level hockey and some of them have played for the national team as well.”
“I will choose players whose current form is good when the tournament starts. That will be the deciding factor if they want to make the squad.”
Unlike previous seasons, this year’s Razak Cup tournament will be played in a single division format without age restrictions and the competition will be held at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
Last year, national players were barred and each team had to register four Under-21 players.
A total of 15 teams have registered for the tournament with Sabah making a return after a four-year lapse while Sarawak opted to stay out.
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