KUALA LUMPUR: The national hockey team management have warned the players against shirking duties while in centralised training.
And two players faces disciplinary action for not completing their gym exercises last week. They are midfielder Robert Alcantara and goalkeeper Roslan Jamaluddin (pic).
Team manager Zulkifli Abbas said that one of the coaches had made a report against the duo and they had been asked to give written explanations.
“The report stated that when the assistant coach was doing some work elsewhere, the two players left early without completing the workout,” said Zulkifli yesterday.
“We have made it clear that we will not tolerate any half-hearted effort from the players. They have the duty to give their best at all times.”
He added that they would meet later to decide on whether the team management would mete out any punishment or refer the matter to the MHF.
Zulkifli said that they could drop the duo for the March training sessions and that meant that they had to fight to regain their places in the team.
“We have a monthly selection process and errant players, including those who do not pull their weight in training, will be dropped,” he said.
“If we take this course of action, the two players will be out of the team for the Tour of New Zealand (March 20-29).”
Besides Zulkifli, the other members of the team management are chief coach Wallace Tan, assistants Perak Abu and A. Arulselvaraj and the MHF deputy president, Datuk Mohamed Anwar Mohamed Nor.
The national team are in full-time training to prepare for the World Cup qualifiers next year. Their next assignment is the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in June. Besides the Tour of New Zealand, the team will also go to Europe in May.
Zulkifli said that if Robert and Roslan were dropped from the training squad for March, they would call up two more players.
“We can have 26 players in the squad. Currently, three players (Chua Boon Huat, Mohamed Rodhanizam and Mohamed Amin Rahim) are away in England and will only rejoin training at the end of month,” he said.
“They will not be going to New Zealand. If we drop the two errant players, we will certainly need some backup players.”
He added that the selection of the team for the Kiwi Tour would be made on March 14.