The shoot ’em up cop

THT’s Muhammad Sufi Ismat Mrrohulamin (right) control the ball from UNIKL’s Muhammad Razie Abdul Rahim during TNB Cup final match at National Hockey Stadium, Kuala Lumpur. FAIHAN GHANI/The Star.

PETALING JAYA: In hockey, it’s the defenders who are likely to win a match for their team.

Pakistan’s legendary fullback, Sohail Abbas, is the highest goal scorer in the game with 348 goals and mostly from penalty corners.

Malaysia have in the past been banking on the likes of S. Kuhan and Mohd Amin Rahim to sound the board.

Now, Razie Rahim, at 33, is the vital cog in the national team and is regarded as one of the top penalty corner specialists in the region.

And with a likely January start for the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL), the police inspector, who has played for Malaysia since 2006, can’t wait to go on a shooting spree.

“I still have a contract with UniKL and my target is to score in every match.

That’s what I’ve been training for in the past few months, ” said Razie, who won the MHL top scorer award with 26 goals, 23 of them from penalty corners in 2011.

In last year’s tournament, he scored 12 penalty corner goals and at the recent Razak Cup, he bagged nine for Police.

He has put in the hours during the recent national training camp and hopes it will do the trick.

“I always focus on my technique and at the same time, I would analyse on video the weaknesses and strengths of goalkeepers and also the runners.”

Razie was instrumental for UniKL last season as he helped them to a clean sweep of all the trophies by winning the Charity Shield, League title and TNB Cup.

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