PETALING JAYA: Universiti Kuala Lumpur’s (UniKL) star striker Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tengku Abdul Jalil wants the youngsters in the team to adopt a more enthusiastic approach even before the Malaysian Hockey League (MHL) gets under way.
The international striker and stalwart of UniKL’s domination in the MHL last season wants the youngsters in the team to treat the practice matches with more zest, if they want to help the team retain the league title.
“I want to see the juniors move the team in the right direction and to do that they must put in more enthusiastic performances, ” said Tengku Ahmad.
“We have to give them more time to build understanding and momentum.
“We have several matches lined up in the next few days and it will help the youngsters gauge what to expect in real match situations.”
Last year, UniKL were truly a class apart from the rest as they won the Charity Shield, League and TNB Cup titles.
Among the newcomers in the team this season are forward Nur Rahull Hrshikesa Tatchana Murthy, midfielder Pavandip Singh and goalkeeper Mohd Shafie Sahrom.
Tengku Ahmad stressed that competition this year would be quite open as teams will not have foreigners and hence a closely fought affair is envisaged.“There are no small teams in the league. I have great respect for our opponents. For UniKL, it will be another excellent opportunity for us to show what we can do with an all-local set-up.
“We are doing well in training and need to keep on improving in every friendly match for the league.”
On the one-round league format for the MHL, Tengku Ahmad reiterated that there will be no let-ups.
“We have to win all our matches to stay on top. Unlike last season, if we drop a point in the first game, there is still hope in the return-leg match to make amends.”
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