KUANTAN: Sabah Hockey Association will use the Pandamaran Stadium in Klang as their training base and venue for matches in the Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL), which begins on April 9.
The team under the charge of coach Paul Raj from Selangor will be making their debut in the MJHL, which was introduced in 1995.
Paul is also in charge of the Sabah team for two other national tournaments this year – the ongoing Razak Cup in Kuantan and Sukma (Malaysia Games) in Malacca in June.
Paul, who has been training the Sabah team for a month, said that the Razak Cup and MJHL would serve to prepare a strong team for the Sukma. He added that the Sabah HA’s priority this year was for the team to do well in Sukma.
“Sabah have a young squad of 12 Under-19 boys featuring in the Razak Cup. Four are Under-21 and two others are Under-22,” said Paul, who holds the credential of having coached Selangor in all age-group tournaments.
“We are competing in the Razak Cup to know the strength and weakness of the team.”
Sabah are in Group B of the Razak Cup Division Two competition and they open their campaign tomorrow against Kelantan. Their other opponents are Singapore, Kedah and Police.
Sabah will feature in Division Two of the MJHL comprising nine teams.
Their opponents are Datuk Taha School, Tunku Besar School, Pahang Sports School, Johor Sports Council, Matri of Perlis, SMK Pengkalan Permatang, Ipoh City Council, SM Teknik Klang and Penang Free School.