Yahya to name hockey squad next week

KUALA LUMPUR: The final squad for the women’s Junior Asia Cup hockey tournament will be decided after two friendly matches with the national senior side next week.

Coach Yahya Atan said that there were 23 players in the training squad and five would be dropped after the friendly matches scheduled for Dec 9 and 10 in Seremban.

In the Junior Asia Cup, which will be held at the Seremban II Hockey Stadium from Dec 13-21, Malaysia have been drawn in Group A with defending champions China, Japan, Thailand and Pakistan.

Three-time champions South Korea are in Group B with India, Singapore and Taiwan.

The tournament also offers three places to the women’s Junior World Cup Finals, which will be held in Boston from Aug 3-18.

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