MALACCA: Kuala Lumpur's Nishel Kumar, the current top scorer in the Razak Cup hockey tournament with six goals from three matches, aims to continue with his “on-off affair” with the national side.
The skilful 26-year-old forward, who hails from Tampin and donned Sapura colours in the Malaysian Hockey League (MHL) for the last three years, wants to land a job after the Razak Cup before he decides on whether to undertake national duty again.
“I submitted an application for an officer's post with the Malaysian Customs recently and I am waiting for a reply from them,” said Nishel yesterday.
“Whether I continue playing for the country is not on my mind at the moment. Immediately after the Razak Cup, I will take a rest and give my working career due consideration.
“There are two friendly matches against Australia coming up followed by the Afro-Asia tournament. But playing for the country has to be shelved because my career comes first.”
Nishel made his national debut in the 1996 Azlan Shah Cup tournament before dropping out from the scene. He made a return for the 1999 Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur but found himself out again. His second comeback was for the recent Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur.
Earlier this year, Nishel completed a course in sports science at the University of Malaya and played for the Leicester Community Club in the East Midlands League during a short holiday in England.
He joined the English team club at the tail end of the competition and scored 12 goals in five matches to help them finish among the top half in the standings.
Nishel had plans to go on another stint with Leicester but he has to shelve it as well.