The national men’s hockey squad will get a “magic touch” from world renowned penalty corner Taeke Taekema, at the squad’s motivational camp in Kuantan, beginning March 10.

The squad under the guidance of Roelant Oltmans has the opportunity to learn the technique of finishing right in front of the goal from the Dutchman in the six-day training camp.

Malaysia’s Hockey Confederation President (MHC), Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal, said the 29-year-old would share his ideas and skills with 28 national squad players during the camp to ahead of the International Hockey Federation Final Series (FIH) here from April 26 to 4 May next.

He said the weakness of the penalty shoot-out in the squad of the national squad prompted his side to work with the National Sports Council (MSN) to invite Taekema to the motivational camp.

“In today’s match pattern, a penalty corner shot contributes to a team’s victory.

“Therefore, at least five penalty corner specialist of the team has to be sharpened,” he told a press conference after chairing the 13th MHC Executive Board meeting.

As a record, Taekema is recognized as the world’s most feared penalty corner converter by scoring 221 goals from 242 times while representing the Dutch national squad from 2000 to 2011.

The defender also emerged as the top scorer with eight goals in the 2010 World Cup in New Delhi and before it won the same title in the 2007 European Nations Championship with 16 goals and helped the Dutch win silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Subahan wants Oltmans who was appointed four months ago to improve the performance of his men in the hunt for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Meanwhile, Subahan has put the final target for the country’s squad in the 28th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh from March 23 to 30.

“Although Oltmans did not set a high target, the Malaysian team that is the third highest ranked team in the tournament should give their best and least qualify for the final,” he said.

Apart from host Malaysia, Sultan Azlan Shah Cup this year is also participated by India, Canada, South Africa, South Korea and Japan.


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