PETALING JAYA: All teams are jumping for joy for the restart of the Malaysian Hockey League (MHL) except Sabah.
Sabah are in a sticky situation as they will be without a coach when they resume training today after I. Vikneswaran decided to part ways to get active with Kuala Lumpur Hockey Association (KLHA) as the acting president.
The league starts on March 11.
Vikneswaran told the boys of his decision on Jan 8 and in fact on Jan 10, he started his official duty by coordinating a meeting as acting president of KLHA.
It was not an issue before as training was not allowed due to the movement control order (MCO).
Vikneswaran, who is the KLHA deputy president, said he had to assume duties as acting president after Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) slapped KLHA president Datuk Seri Megat D. Shahriman Zaharudin with an 18-month ban from all hockey-related activities.
“My journey with Sabah ends because I’ve a huge responsibility with KLHA. I’ve told them about my new role before the team flew back to Sabah after the MCO was announced, ” said Vikneswaran.
“We want to organise the Kuala Lumpur League again and bring the KL Hockey Stadium to life. We have to get back in action now that the authorities have loosened sports restrictions, ” he said.
On the plight of Sabah, Vikneswaran said he had recommended some names to coach the side, where the majority of the players are from the 2018 Malaysia Games (Sukma) gold medal-winning team.
“I may not be with them but I can always give them advice. I believe they have a competitive team and I hope the new coach will take them to new heights.”
Besides Sabah, the others in the league are defending champions Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL), Terengganu, Tenaga Nasional (TNB), TNB Thunderbolts, Maybank, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and Nur Insafi.