The ninth edition of the tournament begins today at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh.Since the inaugural tournament in Karachi in 1982, Malaysia’s best-ever outing was third in Chennai in 2007.
Penalty corner specialist Muhd Razie Abdul Rahim believes they can win this years title.
“The team spirit is high after we finished fourth in the World League Semi-Finals (in London in June) to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in India. We have a solid team that can rise to the occasion to beat any team in Asia to win the title. At the World League Semi-Finals, we beat South Korea (1-0) and China (5-1) in the group matches before we upset India (3-2) in the quarter-finals. We can do it again. The other Asian teams now fear us. Our mission is to win every single match to lift the title,” said the 30-year-old Police inspector.
Malaysia, the world No. 12, will open their Group B campaign against China tomorrow. The top two teams from each group will feature in the Super Four, which will be played on a round-robin format. The top two will then square off in the final while the bottom two will fight for the bronze medal.
The final is on Oct 22.
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