Kuala Lumpur (11 August, 2016): Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) is confident of rising to the challenges ahead in the Premier League of the TNB Malaysian Hockey League 2016.
Being the only outfit with no reinforcement of foreign players in the Premier League and Division One, TNB aims to prove critics wrong.
TNB has always believed in nurturing local talents and firmly upheld that policy by naming an all-Malaysian squad for both tournaments. The Division One is currently in progress while the Premier League begins on August 19.
TNB’s Chief Corporate Officer, Datuk Wira Roslan Ab. Rahman, said: “I fully support and trust the abilities of our local players to be as impactful as foreign imports. Our team is a combination of youth and flair along with several experienced game changers that will definitely teach the juniors a thing or two”.
“Giving our local players a chance to shine and show their abilities at the highest level is the reason TNB focuses so much on hockey grassroots and development,” explained Datuk Ir. Mohd Aminuddin Mohd Amin, Senior General Manager (Corporate Affairs and Communication) who is also the Team Manager, when met at the team’s unveiling ceremony held at the Tenaga Nasional Sports Complex.
Datuk Aminuddin is also confident that TNB will challenge for the title this season even without any foreign additions compared to their rivals.
Last season’s fourth placed finishers will face stiff competition from the likes of KL Hockey Club (KLHC), Sapura Hockey Club and defending champions Terengganu Hockey Team (THT) who signed several quality imports to bolster their chances for the league and knockout titles.
In addition to last season’s top performers such as goalkeeper S. Kumar and forward Shahril Saabah, this season’s TNB squad is injected with some talented youngsters such as Arif Sabron, Muhd. Hafiizhuddin and Luqman Nul Hakim.
TNB’s veteran goalkeeper, S. Kumar says that an all-local outfit can boost the morale and understanding of the team on and off the turf.
“Most of our players have played together before, either at club level or for the national team. Although there is no target set for us this season, the team still wants to impress fans with quality hockey and we are confident in springing some surprises along the way,” added the TNB stalwart.
National squad regular Shahril Saabah also echoed his approval of a fully home-grown team saying that chemistry and communication is very important in any team sport and it helps when all the players can speak the same language.
Muhd Shahril added that having foreign imports does not guarantee a team success but hard work, dedication and commitment to improve a team’s game play can do wonders especially for the long run as well as for the national team.
TNB is also known for taking hockey development very seriously and through their succesful Thunderbolt Programme and Youth Hockey clinics, aspiring hockey talents will have the opportunity to impress, eventually getting promoted through the ranks and finally represent TNB in the Malaysian Hockey League.
TNB Squad list for TNBMHL 2016
Goalkeepers: S. Kumar, Mohd Fairus Wanazir.
Defenders: Syed Mohamad Syed Cholan, Muhammad Najib Hassan, Muhammad Fariq Saadon, Shazril Irwan Nazli, Muhd Amirol Aideed,
Midfielders: Muhammad Firdaus Omar, Luqman Nul Hakim Ahmad Shukran, Norhizzat Sumantri, Nik Muhamad Aiman Nik Rozemi, Muhammad Azammi Adabi, Muhamad Ramadan Rosli
Forwards: Amir Farid Ahmad Fuzi, Azril Misron, Muhd. Hafiizhuddin Zaidi, Arif Sabron, Muhammad Shahril Saabah, Muhammad Husaini Mohd Husin
Manager: Datuk IR. Mohd Aminuddin Mohd Amin
Assistant Manager: Adam Izamry Idrus
Coach: Muhamad Amin Rahim
Assistant coach: M. Kaliswaran