07 Nov 2012

www.thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: Last year’s skipper Mohamed Noor Faeez is wanted by Malaysia’s Project 2013 squad for the defence of their Sultan of Johor Cup title.

The 21-year old Faeez was the top scorer in the inaugural tournament last year, contributing seven goals, in Malaysia’s triumphant campaign. He scored two goals in Malaysia’s 3-2 win over Australia in the final.

 

Faeez is one the nine junior players called up by the senior team to prepare for the Champions Challenge I tournament which in Argentina later this month.

The team for Argentina will be named tomorrow to enable the junior players dropped to join the Project squad for the Sultan of Johor Cup tournament which starts on Sunday.

Project 2013 coach K. Dharmaraj is a worried man as there is no player capable of taking over from Faeez as the team’s penalty corner hitter. Faizal Saari, another penalty corner specialist, is also with the senior team.

“Faeez is the player we can count on as I don’t think Faizal will be released to play for us as he has established himself in the senior team. Faeez is a good player and I am sure he will make the grade with the seniors. But if they drop him, it would be a bonus for us. We are keeping our fingers crossed,” said Dharmaraj.

Dharmaraj will have to depend on Mohamed Zulhairi Hashim and defender Kavin Kartik in penalty corner conversions if the duo are not released.

Kavin is almost a shoo-in for a place in the final 18 but it is touch and go for Zulhairi.

Malaysia play Germany in a friendly match on Friday and New Zealand the following morning. Ma­­laysia play Germany in their opening match of the Sultan of Johor Cup.

Six nations are involved in the tournament. The others are Australia, New Zealand, India and Pakistan.

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