Young squad named for Asian Champions Trophy


PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) will send a young team to take part in the Women’s Asian Champions Trophy in Donghae, South Korea from Dec 5-12.

MHC coaching committee chairman Datuk Ahmad Najmi Razak, in making the announcement yesterday, said more than half of the 20 players picked were new faces.

“We have selected two goalkeepers, seven defenders, five midfielders and six forwards with an average age of 22,” said Najmi.

“We have not sent our teams for any competitions or overseas training stints in the last two years and this is a start for our newly assembled team under our 2026 long term plan for the future.

“I believe Malaysia will be fielding the youngest side for this meet. It’ll be a good exposure for them as they will be up against the strongest Asian teams.

“The Women’s Junior World Cup is also taking place in South Africa at the same time, so the best juniors will be competing there while the seniors will be focusing on the Champions Trophy.

“The meet will also be a good test for our players mentally and physically as they will be competing under cold weather conditions,” he said.

Experienced player Juliani Mohd Din has been appointed as the team captain for the tournament, which will be played on a round robin format.

Malaysia will take on the likes of India, China, South Korea, Japan and Thailand.

The selection of the 20 players were finalised after the recent Razak Cup.

THE SQUAD

Goalkeeper: Siti Rozailah Jilon, Siti Zalia Nasir.

Defence: Juliani Mohd Din, Raja Norsharina Raja Shabuddin, Nurul Faezah Shafiqah Khalim, Iren Hussin, Dayang Nuramirah Abang Mahadini, Nurul Fatin Fatiah Azman, Ellya Amanina Ellias.

Midfield: Nuraini Abdul Rashid, Fatin Shafika Mohd Sukri, Nur Syuhada Suhaimi, Nor Asfarina Isahyifiqa, Nur Insyirah Effarizal.

Forward: Nuramirah Shakirah Zulkifli, Nurmaizatul Hanim Syafi, Siti Zulaikha Husain, Siti Nur Arfah, Nur Atira Mohd Ismail, Nur Afiqah Syahzani Azhar.

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