PETALING JAYA: The long wait for some action is over as national hockey striker Faizal Saari looks forward to a playing tour in Europe next week.
The 30-year-old said the national team would be playing against a few teams like Wales, France and Austria during the tour and they would be based in London.
Faizal wants to test himself against the European nations and learn what are the elements needed to close the gap with the higher-ranked teams.
The national team’s last overseas tour was in October 2019 when they played a series of matches in Holland before they faced Britain during the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers in London.
“It’s good to be back in training again as we prepare for the tour. The last time we had a tour was two years ago when we were in Holland and we learned a great deal,” said Faizal, who has won 247 caps and scored 150 goals for the country.
“The tour will help ascertain the level we are at now and what we should do to improve the team.
“Our domestic season was truncated and our only international matches were against Britain and Japan this year.
“Through the experience from this tour, I hope to bridge the gap with some of the top hockey nations.”