KUALA LUMPUR: Sabah teenager Maxhans Christi is definitely going places.
The 18-year-old from Keningau created history on Sunday when he became the first East Malaysian to be named best player in the Under-19 MHC-Milo-NSC Junior Hockey League (MJHL).
The Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) midfielder was among four penalty corner drag flickers selected to go to Amsterdam for a 10-day training stint.
The other three who will leave for Amsterdam Saturday to train under world-renowned penalty corner drag flick coach Toon Siepman are Mohd Aminuddin Mohd Zain, Mohd Najmi Farizal Jazlan and Syed Shafiq Syed Cholan.
Maxhans, who scored nine penalty corner goals in the MJHL to help UniKL finish runners-up in Division One and the Milo Cup (overall), is clearly is thrilled to be going for the Dutch stint.
“This will be my first overseas trip since joining the 2016 Project squad last year. I’m excited to go to Holland and further improve my drag flicks,” he said. “I’m proud to be the first player from Sabah to train under coach Siepman.
“My ambition is to be a national player and feature in the next year’s Junior World Cup (in New Delhi). I will go all out to train and also learn the right techniques in penalty corner drag flicks,” added the teenager, who is also looking forward to featuring in the Sultan of Johor Cup in October and the Junior Asia Cup in November.
The Junior Asia Cup is the qualifying tournament for next year’s Junior World Cup.
Three goalkeepers – Mohd Ridzwan Azmi, Mohd Adi Fazri Abdul Rahim and Amirul Afiq Azhar – will also be joining in the 10-day training stint. They will train under top goalkeeper coach Martijn Drijver.