Syafiq: Being holed up together is a blessing in disguise


On their toes: Syed Syafiq (left) is one of 37 players in the national hockey training camp.

PETALING JAYA: National hockey defender Syed Syafiq Syed Mohd Cholan said being holed up in their rooms during the conditional movement control order is a blessing in disguise.

The Malaysian Hockey Confed-eration (MHC) have told all 37 players undergoing centralised training camp that they will be put in hostels.

But the players have taken it in their stride and are more than happy to continue training in view of the current climate.

“We are looking at the positive side because now we can focus more on team building among the newbies and veterans.

“It’s good for the team as we just started training with the new batch of players,” said the 25-year-old.

“However, the thought of staying at the hostel didn’t cross our minds as most of the players are married. I guess that’s the sacrifice they have to make if they want to play for the country.”

Syed Syafiq said the first two weeks of training were intense as everyone were trying to impress coach A. Arul Selvaraj to be part of the final 25.

“Training and test matches have been competitive. I have to be on my toes because everyone is performing well.”

The players are gearing up for several competitions next year which includes the Asian Champions Trophy in Bangladesh from March 11-19.

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