KUALA LUMPUR: What a shame. The Razak Cup tournament director cannot make a decision on whether or not former international Suhaimi Ibrahim should be allowed to play for hosts Malacca in the tournament starting today.
The team managers' meeting yesterday ended in disarray as tournament director Ahmad Shukri of Perak could not make a decision on the matter. Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) secretary S. Satgunam, however, has ruled that Suhaimi cannot play for Malacca but the final say is with the tournament director.
With Ahmad Shukri, it's all a mess.
Malacca, who face Pahang today, are likely to field the player although he has yet to get a release from the Negri Hockey Association. And instead of bringing relief from the troubles hockey has faced, there could more trouble and heartache in store in the Razak Cup.
Suhaimi, who is from Gemencheh, Negri Sembilan, has signed up for Malacca although he did not get a release from his home state.
Under tournament rules, a player who wishes to play for other state must get a release a letter from his home state.
Negri HA secretary Anthony Dass, who protested during the managers' meeting, was disappointed with the tournament director.
“Instead of banning Suhaimi, he asked us to give him a release letter.
“However, my deputy president Datuk Abdullah (Sani) has informed me that we will not release Suhaimi.”
Without Suhaimi, Negri do not have any national players in their squad.
They will be relying on three former internationals – goalkeeper M. Nadarajan, defender Kerpal Singh and forwrad Syayrim Uda Karim – to help them finish in a good position.