Malaysian hockey team off to a losing start in the international stage

Faizal Saari (left) attempts to snatch the ball from Japan’s captain Manabu Yamashita. - Photo by Malaysia Hockey Confederation (MHC)

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia first taste of international hockey after more than a year was a bitter one after they lost to 0-3 to Japan in a test match at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Saturday (April 17).

Japan’s goals were scored by Hirotaka Zendana (19th minute), Kota Watanabe (50th minute) and Ryosei Kato (55th minute).

The Speedy Tigers returned to the international scene as they spent the second week of Ramadan playing a series of hockey test matches against Japan and Great Britain from April 17-24 at the National Hockey Stadium.

Malaysia’s next game will be against Great Britain on April 19.

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