Dutch stint will help broaden my hockey knowledge, says Iskandar

PETALING JAYA: Iskandar Fareez Shah Zainal Abidin (pic) hopes his short stint in Holland will leave a lasting impact in his hockey career.

The national junior is eager to make full use of his three-month stint with Hattemse Mixed Hockey Club in the Overgangsklasse (third division) Group A after joining them last month.

The 22-year-old said he would learn the ways and techniques of the European players and hopes to showcase them in the Malaysian Hockey League (MHL) next season.

“The club have been monitoring me since last year when I played for TNB-Thunderbolts. They saw me play for UiTM this year and were impressed with my consistency. When they offered, I didn’t think twice,” said Iskandar.

“They are one of the best sides in their current league. I’ve trained with them for almost two weeks now and I can see that everyone is really committed.

“We have seen how European teams have evolved over the years, so this stint will be helpful as I aim to learn as much as I can. I want to bring that knowledge and show it in the Malaysian league.”

Though Hattemse are not as prominent as top Dutch clubs like Bloemendaal, Almere and Kampong to name a few, Iskandar said the club have been producing good talents.

“They have top-notch facilities and also have outstanding grassroots programmes for kids from the age of six to 19. They have a veteran team too,” he said.

“The club are managed well and are hoping to break into the top division and compete in the Euro Hockey League.”

Iskandar has played for the national Under-21 team and was part of the squad that won bronze in the Sultan of Johor Cup in 2019.

Another former national junior Ahmad Lutfi Mohd Sam has also joined Iskandar at Hattemse.

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