Goal-shy UniKL strikers told to step up by coach

KUALA LUMPUR: Univesiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) face daunting tasks against Sapura and Tenaga Nasional in this weekend’s round of matches in the Premier Division of the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL). And their goal-shy forwards have been asked to step up to the challenges.

UniKL won their opening two matches against UiTM (3-2) and Yayasan Negri Sembilan (2-1). But all five goals were scored off the penalty corner by New Zealander Richard Patherick.

UniKL coach Darren Smith said that it would be good for their forwards to come out of the two matches with some fields goals.

“This is going to be a tough weekend when you are up against the two best teams in the Premier Division,” said Smith of Sapura and Tenaga, who were the overall runners-up and champions respectively last year.

“We have had two good results and we see the matches this weekend as the true gauge of our ability.

“I will be happy to get back (from Ipoh) with some points and it will take a lot of work to achieve it.”

The forwards in the UniKL side are S. Selvaraju, Dedy Ariyadi, Nur Hizzat Sumantri, Amir Farid, R. Nadesh.

National junior forward Mohd Syamin Mohd Yusof is injured and will not feature in the two matches. He was mugged in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday and received 10 stitches on the head.

Another of UniKL’s foreign signing, German Philipp Stahr, has recovered fully from an injury sustained in training last month and he will feature in the two matches.

“Basically, we have our full team at our disposal,” said Smith.

“We play against Sapura first and they will be dangerous following the defeat by Nur Insafi. We will think about that game first before focusing on Tenaga.”

All the teams have two matches this weekend except for YNS and ATM-Airod.

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