PETALING JAYA: Striker Mohd Ramadan Rosli scored a hattrick to steer Kuala Lumpur to a sensational 6-4 win over Pahang in the opening Group D match of the Razak Cup tournament at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
The former international scored one field goal (ninth minute) and two penalty corners (32nd and 52nd) in the match played under the sweltering afternoon heat yesterday.
KL’s other goals were scored by Pavandip Singh (fifth minute), Muhd Aslam Mohamed Hanafiah (24th) and Muhd Shahril Saabah (48th) while Pahang’s slotted in the winners through Muhd Hazzim Amin Hafidz (27th), Muhd Arif Syafie Ishak (30th), Ismail Abu (36th) and Muhd Hafiz Mohd Zauri (57th).
Ramadan credited his teammates’ help for scoring the three goals but admitted that the hot weather impacted their game.
“My teammates placed the ball at the right time for me to score. We got off to a winning start in our first competitive match but it was really hot.
“We need to recover quickly as the tournament is played over a carnival format with a match every day. Good rest and drinking a lot of water is important,” said Ramadan, who helped KL win the title in 2011.
“Our training started a month ago and we have played together in the national senior and junior teams, so we can click. We just need to adapt to the tight competition format,” he added.
KL’s second game in the group is against Negri Sembilan at the same venue today (7pm).