Ten Project 2013 players to play in European leagues

KUALA LUMPUR: Ten players from the Project 2013 team are bound for Europe to play in the leagues there over a three-month period.

The players were in the team who went on a three-week European tour last month and they caught the eye of a Dutch and German club.

Hatem HC of Holland are keen to have Amir Farid and Kavin Kartik in their side while three others have been confirmed to play for Stuttgart HC.

Another five are being lined up and the full list of names will be released next week after a meeting between the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) and the National Sports Council. The league in Holland will last for two months and the competition in Germany is over three months.

Project 2013 coach K. Dharmaraj said yesterday that this augured well for the team as the players would benefit greatly from the experience.

“The clubs picked the players and we are happy to arrange for them to go. There are few more details to be worked out, like getting permission from their schools before we name the full list of players for the stints,” he said.

The Project squad have 45 players in training and Dharmaraj wants as many players as possible to go out and gain more exposure.

“In fact, my target is to see all 45 players gain places in teams in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL). That will give me opportunities to see them performance and gauge their standard. The boys must start looking for clubs from now as teams are starting preparations for the MHL,” he said.

The MHL, which have Premier and Division One competitions, is expected to start in the first week of December.

Dharmaraj added that a proposed attachment stint for six players with the senior national team had fallen through.

“I have just been told that for now, there is no need for the six to join the senior team. What we plan to do now is to find European clubs for these players,” he said.

“The six are among the best in our team and we are sure that there will be clubs who want them. In fact, a few of them were earmarked for the stint but we held back after being told that the senior team wanted them.”

Among the six are Mohd Fairhan Ashaari and Mohd Nor Faeez from Bandar Penawar Sports School (BPSS)-Thunderbolt and Universiti Kuala Lumpur’s Mohamed Ami­nud­din Abu, who were named as the best talents in the Malaysia Junior Hockey League.

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