IT has been eight years since Perak won the men’s hockey gold at the Malaysia Games (Sukma) but the silver state are confident of regaining their lost glory after an impressive start.
Perak, whose last success was at the 2014 edition in Perlis, have won all four of their matches in Group A and team manager Ismail Ibrahim said their target is to clinch gold at the National Hockey Stadium on Friday.
“We failed to win in Sarawak (2016) and at home (2018) but the team are well prepared and have had a great start to their campaign. We want to regain the gold that we last won in 2014,” said Ismail.
Perak, who are assured of their semi-final spot, play Sabah tomorrow and conclude their group fixtures against Perlis on Wednesday.
However, Ismail also cautioned the players against complacency as it showed in their 2-1 win over Kedah where they had to wait until the fourth quarter to score.
“Our players were overconfident against Kedah. They need to stop this as they will be punished when playing against stronger teams,” added Ismail.
Terengganu, with three wins from four matches, are second with nine points and are expected to advance to the last four with Perak.
Johor lead Group B with three wins and a draw and should confirm their semi-final spot if they beat Pahang tomorrow. Negri Sembilan, Selangor and Pahang are also in the running to claim the other semi-final spot.