City Hall have not given up on last eight hope


IPOH: Despite scoring only one win in five matches, Ipoh City Hall are still confident of making the cut for the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Hockey League (MHL). 

But it will all depend on the outcome of their two home matches against Johor Baru SC today and Srii Aroma on Sunday. 

City Hall coach P. Balachandran said: “There are no two ways about it.  

“We must collect maximum points for these two matches to enhance our chances to make the last eight. 

He added that the team had been improving from match to match, as evident in the 2-0 win over Dolphins 2-0 last week. 

“The tough matches at the start of the league benefited the team, especially the young players,” he said. 

“Although, we lost all the four earlier matches, it was a very good experience and exposure for them. 

“The team showed better teamwork in the morale boosting win over the Dolphins.” 

The defeats for City Hall were all against fancied sides – Ernst and Young, Sapura, Maybank and Bank Simpanan Nasional. 

The performances of four City Hall players have also caught the eyes of the national selectors. 

Defender Baljit Singh, forwards Hafifi Hafiz Hanafi and Fazreen Eksan Kulub Wahab are in the national juniors training squad while B. Chandramohan earned a senior call-up. 

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