New-look MJHL will help unearth talents

PETALING JAYA: A new-look Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL) from Nov 26-Jan 2 is set to produce more talents for the country.

The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) have made some exciting changes to the format in a bid to build a pool of future stars before the 2023 Junior World Cup in Kuala Lumpur.

Clubs participating in the league must only have Under-19 goalkeepers and are only allowed to register five Under-21 players.

The rest of the outfield players must be under 19.

And in every match, coaches are only allowed to play three 21-year-olds.

Competitions committee chairman Datuk Seri Dr Anil Jeet Singh said they made the changes to unearth more young talents.

“We want to increase the pool of players for the national junior team, especially in the goalkeeping department. By limiting the number of players who are under 21, more youngsters will have the opportunity to come up,” said Anil.

“This move is timely as we prepare for the World Cup. With a stronger pool, the coaches will have better choices.

“The entries for the team started on Sept 7 and the closing date is on Sept 21.”

The MJHL will have two divisions – the first will have 10 teams in a single-leg format while the second will be divided based on the number of entries available.

Anil said the women’s competition have been scrapped and would only be held in early 2022.

Meanwhile, MHC confirmed that the Razak Cup would be held from Nov 10-20.

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