KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia marched into the quarterfinals of the World Hockey League (WHL) Round 2 in style by whipping Fiji 11-1 at the Moulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh today.
The squad coached by Stephen Van Huizen showed their domination right from the start and raced into the lead by the second minute through Sharil Saabah and added the second in the 3rd minute through Rashid Baharom.
After a quite spell, Malaysia were back in the scoring act, striking three times in three minutes through Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin, Fitri Saari and Shahril in the 10th, 11th and 12th minutes respectively.
In the second half, penalty corner specialist Razie Rahim struck twice from penalty corners to score Malaysia’s sixth and seventh goals in the 17th and 22nd minutes before Shahril completed his hat-trick in the 23rd minute.
Fiji scored their only goal of the match through Jerome Edwards in the 29th minute but Fitri scored a brace in the 55th and 58th minutes to complete his hat-trick and give Malaysia a perfect 10-1.
However, Shahril who had already accomplished his hat trick earlier, went on up by scoring his fourth goal in the 59th minute to complete a superb personal performance.
Malaysia who were drawn in Group A with Oman, Fiji and Bangladesh are in pursuit of a place in the 2018 World Cup hosted by India.
Group B comprise China, Egypt, Sri Lanka and Ghana.
The top two teams in Round 2 qualify for WHL Round 3 which serves as a qualifier for the 2018 World Cup. – BERNAMA