KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Sports School face Pahang Telekom today in a match that could give them the MHF-Milo-NSC-Admiral Malaysia Junior Hockey League title. But they are playing down its importance; saying is just another match for them.
Having already beaten the other main contenders Tenaga Nasional, Sports School can be almost certain of the Division One title if they beat Telekom, who are the other only real contenders.
Team manager Suhaimi Sun Abdullah, however, was not getting carried away.
There is a temptation to say that we want to win the match and wrap up the title. But the most important thing is to get the players to enjoy the game.
If we win, then the advantage is with us. But I think it is important that we do not underestimate Telekom. We are going to play our normal game and maintain our winning start,'' he added.
The match today is also of importance to others.
A Telekom victory will keep the race open, as Tenaga have yet to play Telekom.
But a Sports School win means they only needs to keep winning against all the weaker teams.
The Telekom side have five former players from the Malaysia Sports School side Mohamed Redza Maadun, Khairul Nizam, Zarit Zainal, Norhisham Shaari and Ahmad Kamil Mukhtar.
Suhaimi, however, was only happy for them.
He said they were glad that some of their players have found a place in other teams.
There is no doubt that their presence in other teams is a major endorsement of our ability to produce good players.
Sports School is like a factory where we put the finishing touch to the players and then let them out into the field.
It is a credit to our school when these players make the grade and join other teams and also move into the national set up.
The manager said he had had his current best available for today's match.
We have a balanced side and I feel confident that we will see the players doing better in this game.
One player everyone will be watching is Sports School's hotshot forward Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin.
The player is fast becoming a torn in the defenders side and if he hits form could well end the Telekom challenge.