Maybank have their work cut out to stop T’ganu’s Faizal

Faizal Saari (Third from left) celebrating his goal against Sabah with his teammates in the Malaysian Hockey League (MHL). - Photo by Malaysia Hockey Confederation (MHC)

PETALING JAYA: Maybank will have their eyes on Terengganu striker Faizal Saari in the Malaysian Hockey League (MHL).

The national striker has turned out to be a real menace for the rival teams as he has scored four field goals, eight penalty corners and two penalty strokes in seven games.

So it is no surprise that Maybank are investing time on tightening up their defence as they plan to stop the 30-year-old Faizal when they clash in the two-leg TNB Cup semi-final at the National Hockey Stadium Bukit Jalil starting today.

The other leg will be held on March 31.

Maybank coach Azrul Effendy Bistamam said they have done enough homework in the last three days to prepare for the semi-final.

“We have worked on our penalty corner defending and also focus on marking our opponents in the D-box. We have to be alert and efficient in front of goal, ” he said.

“We all know what Faizal is capable of, and my players are truly aware of that. He can score field goals and penalty corners, so we have to be extra mindful of him.

“I can assure you that we will attack early and give a good-spirited performance.”

Even though they were defeated in the last league match against eventual champions Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) 0-1, Azrul said the boys were in high spirit.

“We lost against UniKL but they gave their all and showed that they could fight against the best. They were not afraid at all, ” he said.

“It will be a different ball game against Terengganu but they know what’s at stake. I’m sure they will give another good show.”

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