KUALA LUMPUR – National hockey player, Muhammad Shahril Saabah will not join the national squad in the second round of the World Hockey League competition in Singapore from Jan 17 to 27.
Muhammad Shahril, who injured a muscle in the right shoulder, has sought permission from national squad chief coach, Tai Being Hai, for his name to be exempted from action.
“I was injured in the National League match recently. I have been in pain for two weeks and cannot even push the ball.
“The doctor said it is a normal injury but I really want to rest to heal the injury. I will undergo further examination on Friday with the National Sport Institute,” he told reporters at the end of a friendly match against Poland at the Bukit Jalil National Hockey Stadium here Tuesday.
Malaysia was beaten by the opposition team, 3-4, at the second match, after a 4-4 draw with Poland on Sunday.
Malaysia’s three goals were netted by Faizal Saari in the 40th minute and Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tengku Abdul Jalil (58′ and 60′).
Meanwhile, Poland’s goals were scored by Maciej Wejerowski (21′), Karol Majchezak (42′ and 60′) and Mateusz Hulboj (52′).
Commenting on the friendly match between Malaysia and Poland, Beng Hai said Malaysia lost because of the unsatisfactory physical fitness levels of the players.
Beng Hai said national player, Mohamad Sharul Nabil Abdullah, who was also injured, would be rested until the match in Singapore started. – Bernama