Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) presidentDatuk Seri Subahan Kamal is not worried about Malaysia’s performance in the World Cup, and said there is no reason to push the panic button.
“When the groupings were released, we already knew it was going to be tough to make inroads against Netherlands and Germany. That’s why coach Roelant (Oltmans) kept saying we are in a Group of Death.
“And now, even though we finished 15th out of 16 teams, I can still see the positive side of this team and I am sure they will perform in the Olympic qualifiers.
“Granted that they should not have lost 7-0 to Netherlands. The players should have fought harder for every ball.
“But there was some progress in the match against Pakistan and we were unlucky not to score more goals, especially the last penalty corner.
“The match against Germany saw our players put up a gallant fight after being 3-0 down, and were unlucky not to have scored their last penalty corner and were punished in a counter-attack by the Germans instead.
“I believe the champions in India will come from Malaysia’s group,” said Subahan.
So what is next for the Malaysia?
“I have spoken with Oltmans and we plan to send the team to Europe next year before the Olympic Qualifier (in Kuala Lumpur) in April.
“Germany and Netherlands are preferred opponents to make the team stronger as we might yet again face teams from Europe in the second Olympic Qualifier in November,” said Subahan.