Arul remains defiant despite Junior Asia Cup shortcomings

Head coach of the Malaysian junior hockey squad, Arul Selvaraj remains defiant of his side’s bright future, despite their recent shortcomings at the Junior Asia Cup.

The Malaysian juniors finished fifth in the tournament, after getting knocked out in the quarter-finals, meaning that they were unable to qualify for the Junior World Cup.

Arul though, hopes to see the current squad being continuously showered with support, claiming that there’s plenty of potential for these junior players to develop into world beaters in future.

“I know we failed, but I hope the team is retained. The players deserve to have a bigger chance at enhancing their abilities,” he told Harian Metro.

 “Don’t judge them by their mistakes. I believe that if you give these guys a chance, some of them will be able to go on and contribute massively to the senior team.
“This is the future of our senior team. In fact, we can probably categorize them as the ‘National B Team’ because they are as good as the senior side,” he added.

Meanwhile, team manager Mirnawan Nawawi officially tendered his resignation, right after their 8-0 win over Bangladesh in the 5th-6th Place classification match yesterday.

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