Dragflick Newsdesk : The Women’s Asia Cup Hockey Championship, Muscat, Oman, 2022 which will begin on 21 to 28 January 2022 will be the first international assignment for 20 players of the National Women’s Special Project Squad for 2022.
The tournament format will see the top two teams in Groups A and B advance to the semi -finals. Malaysia is placed in Group A along with India, Japan and Singapore while Group B features China, Korea, Thailand and Indonesia.
The 2022 Women’s Asia Cup Hockey Championship is also a qualifying round match for the 2022 Women’s World Cup. A total of five senior players have been roped in to help strengthen the team as well as guide the young players.
The Head Coach of the National Women’s Special Project Squad, Mohd Nasihin Nubli Ibrahim said that he and the coaching staff had evaluated the team based on the efforts shown by the players.
Apart from that, the spirit to provide resistance during training and friendly matches, as well as the level of technical quality of skills possessed by the players is also a key element in the selection.
“After undergoing several hockey training sessions as well as friendly matches against the MBPJ Elite Men’s Team, the coaching staff has listed 20 players to go to Muscat, Oman.
“The selection of players is based on several criteria and the most important is the level of technical quality and skills of the players. It is very important to make it easier for them to adapt to the team’s tactics as well as the fast tempo of the game, especially at a high level.
“Understanding in terms of team tactics as well as having decision -making skills on the field are also taken into account. The coaches also evaluate and observe the level of effort they show during training and friendly matches as well as having the spirit to provide resistance during the match, ”he explained.
Based on the list, 12 players will make their first appearance on the international stage. Nasihin, who is realistic with the situation and level of his coaching team, wants his players to make full use of the exposure of playing with the best teams in Asia.
“This team is mostly lined up with players aged 23 and under and participating in the highest senior level tournament in Asia for the first time is considered a proud achievement, let alone they will face teams that play in the Olympics and World Cup.
“Realistically, with the current situation and the constraints we face, we are aware of the level of the team when compared to other Asian giants.
“We had to take bold action to participate in this tournament and hope this tournament will be the best exposure for them as well as help to form a strong team and have the quality to compete at the international level in the future,” he added.
The following is a list of 20 players of the National Women’s Special Project Squad who will represent Malaysia at the Women’s Asia Cup, Muscat, Oman, 2022.
|1.||SITI ROZAILAH JILON||GOALKEEPER|
|2.||SITI ZALIA NASIR||GOALKEEPER|
|3.||JULIANI MOHAMAD DIN||DEFENDER|
|4.||RAJA NORSHARINA RAJA SHABUDDIN||DEFENDER|
|5.||NURUL FAEZAH SHAFIQAH KHALIM||DEFENDER|
|7.||DAYANG NURAMIRAH ABANG MAHADINI||DEFENDER|
|8.||NURUL FATIN FATIAH AZMAN||DEFENDER|
|9.||NURAINI ABDUL RASHID||MIDFIELDER|
|10.||FATIN SHAFIKA MAHD SUKRI||MIDFIELDER|
|11.||NUR SYUHADA SUHAIMI||MIDFIELDER|
|12.||NOR ASFARINA ISAHYIFIQA ISAHHIDUN||MIDFIELDER|
|13.||NUR INSYIRAH EFFARIZAL||MIDFIELDER|
|14.||NURAMIRAH SHAKIRAH ZULKIFLI||FORWARD|
|15.||NURMAIZATUL HANIM SYAFI SHIEK FUAD||FORWARD|
|16.||SITI ZULAIKHA HUSAIN||FORWARD|
|17.||SITI NUR ARFAH MOHD NOR||FORWARD|
|18.||NUR ATIRA MOHAMD ISMAIL||FORWARD|
|19.||NUR AFIQAH SYAHZANI AZHAR||FORWARD|
|20.||HANIS NADIAH ONN||FORWARD|