Tenaga's title hopes rest on their 'Magnificent Seven'


KUALA LUMPUR: Tenaga Nasional expect their seven players from the national Under-19 team to show the way in providing the fireworks in their remaining two matches in Division One of the MHF-Milo-NSC-Admiral Junior Hockey League. 

Tenaga will play against MPK-Olak tomorrow and Srii-Aroma on Sunday. Besides full points from the two matches, Tenaga also have to bury their opponents under an avalanche of goals to have a chance to win the title. 

Tenaga are in second place with 16 points and they are in a fight with Malaysia Sports School and Telekom Pahang for the title. Only goal difference now separate the three teams. 

The “Magnificent Seven” in the Tenaga team have scored 20 of the team’s 21 goals thus far. They are Azli Misron, Abbas Nekmat, Mohd Fairus Hamsani, S. Selvaraj, Kelvinder Singh, S. Bubalan and Ezreen Abdul Aziz. 

Coach K. Rajan said they were fortunate to have many players capable of scoring goals. 

“We have team players and do not have to rely on one or two to get the goals,” said Rajan. 

“The seven players hold the key to our chances to win the title and I hope that they will be at their best in the two matches this weekend.” 

Bubalan, his brother Selvaraj and skipper Fairus Hamsani have scored four goals each. Abbas has three to his credit; Kelvinder and Azli have netted twice; and Ezreen has scored one. 

The only one with no international experience who has scored for Tenaga is Ibrahim Mohamed. 

There can be no holding back for Tenaga because Sports School and Telekom will know exactly how many goals they need to win the title. 

Leaders Sports School will play against Yayasan Negri Sembilan (YNS) tomorrow and their last match is against Johor Sports Council on April 20. 

Telekom will be up against Anderson-XyBase tomorrow and complete their fixtures against YNS on April 20. 

On Tuesday, Tenaga made a futile attempt to get their last match against Srii-Aroma rescheduled to April 20.  

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