In-demand striker Faizal hoping to play in Spain

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  • Tuesday, 04 Sep 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: The Spanish League has come calling.

And MHL’s leading goalscorer Faizal Saari hopes he will receive the green light and blessing from the Malaysia Hockey Confederation (MHC) and his club Tenaga Nasional to play in Spain.

The 21-year-old Terengganu forward has followed up last year’s Top Scorer award, with scinciliating performances and already banged in six goals thus far.

Great form has seen him receive an offer to play in the Spanish Division One for Terrassa Athletic Club.

The Spanish Hockey League begins later this month and ends in April.

The national team management, however, will have a big say on the matter.

New coach Paul Revington is expected to call Faizal up for national training next month as they will be preparing for the Champions Challenge 1 tournament in Argentina in November.

Faizal, with 87 international caps to his credit, said he is honoured to be the only Malaysian player to receive the invitation from the Spanish league.

“I believe I’m the first Malaysian to ever get an offer to play in Spain and I will not let this opportunity go to waste,” said the diminutive Faizal.

“It will be beneficial to play in what is regarded as one of the top leagues in the world.

“Their league is also more challenging than ours and I definitely will benefit from playing there,” said Faizal.

“Although I should be selected for the Sultan of Johor Cup and the Champions Challenge 1 in Argentina in late November, I hope the national team management will allow to go.

“I will gain valuable experience which will come in good stead for the national side in more important tournaments.”

Faizal played in the Australian league for Adelaide Southern Hotshots last year and scored three goals in five matches.

He was also the top scorer with eight goals in the 2011 Asia Cup, which Malaysia won.

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