Weakened Selangor still upbeat

KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor, despite losing four of their players to defending champions Kuala Lumpur, are still eyeing a semi-finals berth in the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) Under-21 tournament, beginning tomorrow. 

Goalkeeper Mohd Firdaus Razali, midfielders P. Prabakaran and Hosni Abdul Rahman and forward Mohd Redza Maadun had left after helping Selangor win the bronze medal in the Sukma in Kota Kinabalu last September.  

Firdaus and Redza were in the Malaysian team that finished second to India in the recent Under-19 Invitational tournament. 

Selangor assistant team manager Joseph De Silva said they lost the four because Kuala Lumpur had offered them better incentives. 

He said that Selangor would not have the services of any Sukma players this time. 

“We don't have any national junior players in the team. We have a new team but we still have faith in them reaching the semi-finals,'' said Joseph. 

Selangor, who finished runners-up in the last tournament in Ipoh in 2001, are drawn in Group B with debutants New South Wales, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang and Perlis. 

Kuala Lumpur are drawn in Group A with Armed Forces, Johor, Kelantan, Malacca, Perak and Singapore. 

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