Idris proves that hard work is key no matter one’s background

PETALING JAYA: Born into a family who have no sports background, hockey player Idris Samad has surely come a long way.

The 23-year-old drag-flicker was the hero for Pahang at the recently concluded Malaysia Games (Sukma) final against Johor.

Idris converted his eighth goal of the tournament through a penalty corner in the final minute to send Pahang fans into a frenzy.

“I come from a family without any sports background and I feel so good to score the last minute goal to help my team become champions,” he said.

He remembered vividly the pain of losing to Sabah at the Perak Sukma in 2018.

“After losing to Sabah in the final (2018), I wanted to enjoy the winning feeling and this time it became a reality. I feel very proud with this gold.”

Born in rural Jerantut, Idris took up hockey at the age of eight and later joined SMK Seberang Temerloh, which is the Pahang Sports School, and has been gradually making the grade.

“I’ve never played for the national junior or senior squads. I will accept if I can get the chance to be part of the senior squad but I’m not harbouring too much hope on that.”

Idris will focus on next year’s Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) where he plays for Tenaga Nasional (TNB) and also continue his degree in communication at the Universiti Putra Malaysia where he has another two years to complete.

Meanwhile, captain Mohd Izham Azhar had his special moment to share where he did better than his elder brother Mohd Izuan by guiding Pahang to gold.

The Azhar brothers were both in the 2018 squad where Izuan skippered the side that lost to Sabah.

“I feel so grateful that I did what my brother could not achieve in 2018. The most important thing is that Pahang have managed to win the gold,” said Izham.

“I have to thank my teammates for the success as they gave everything for this match and stuck to our game plan.”

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