KUALA LUMPUR: Only three foreign teams have confirmed entry for the third Sultan of Johor Cup, which is scheduled to be held at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium from Sept 21-29.
The teams are India, Pakistan and England.
Johor HA and organising secretary Manjit Majid Abdullah said that they are now waiting for replies from Australia, Argentina, South Africa and Belgium but only two teams will be selected for the tournament.
Manjit said only six teams will be involved.
“We had invited additional teams as some had indicated that they might not come. The closing date is June 16. Australia and told us that they will make a final decision by next week,” he said.
In the first tournament in 2011, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, India and Pakistan were the participants. Last year South Korea was replaced by Germany.
The Koreans are ready to come but Manjit said that they have put them on the reserve list for the moment.
Malaysia were the inaugural winners while debutants Germany won the second edition.
This year’s tournament will see most of the team parading their best players as it will serve as preparation for the Junior World Cup in December.
“All the invited teams have already qualified for the Junior World Cup.
As such teams will use this tournament as a tune-up the Junior World Cup. Thus we are likely to see the teams coming with their best players,” said Manjit.
Meanwhile, the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Baru, will get additional seats in time for the FIH World League semi-final which will be held from June 29-July 7.
Manjit said that they will try and maintain the same seat capacity for the Sultan of Johor Cup.
“We are expecting crowds of 8,000 to 10,000 for the matches and as such extra seats have to be put up.
“It is a temporary arrangements for now but we are planning to have a permanent seats later,” he said.
The FIH World League semi-final is a qualifier for the 2014 World Cup.
The teams that will be playing in Johor Baru are Germany, England, Pakistan, South Korea, Malaysia, South Africa, Argentina and a qualifier from the World League Round Two tournament in Kazan, Russia next month.