The Malaysian hockey team’s showing at the World Cup in India did not go down well with many administration heads and also hockey veterans.
Malaysia, lost 5-3 to Germany, and did not qualify for the playoffs after finishing fourth in Group D with only one point. They were defeated by Pakistan, who took third, on goal difference.
Malaysia finished last in the group with just one point from three matches and finished as the wooden spoonist in the 16-team competition.
The last time Malaysia won a match at the World Cup was 16 years ago when they beat Cuba 4-2 in the Kuala Lumpur edition in 2002.
Malaysian hockey legend, Datuk Poon Foke Loke proposed the sacking of (MHC) technical director Terry Walsh, who he feels has not done much in the last three years.
“You have to admit that you have failed. Now, you need to explain the reasons of it. said Foke Loke
“You can’t keep saying that the team played well. What I am saying is stop giving excuses,” said Foke Look, who was part of the national team that finished fourth at the KL World Cup in 1975. he said.
(MHC) vice-president Datuk V. Radha Krishnan wants actions to be taken to drop prima donna players.
“Malaysia created a mockery in the World Cup,” said Radha.
“The team were well prepared, they had experienced players but did not live up to the expectations.
“Action must be taken to drop “prima donna players”. We must show that we can make some tough decision to drop players who do not fit in the team.”
“Malaysia must wake up from the slumber and must change their attitude fast as we’ve an important tournament next year to qualify for the Olympics,” he added.
Malaysia will feature in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh from March 24 to April 1 and will also host the World Series at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil from April 23- May 1.