Hockey World League semi-finals: Malaysia ready to face world no. 1 Argentina

Malaysia’s national hockey team are currently in London to play in the Hockey World League semi-finals, with World Cup qualification places up for grabs.

Malaysia, grouped together in Pool A with Argentina, South Korea, and England, and China will commence the first round of the World Hockey League Semi-Finals today.

Our national hockey team is scheduled to up against Argentina tonight at the Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre at 8 pm.

Here are all the fixtures involving Malaysia for the World Hockey League Semi-Finals that will be happening from June 15th until June 25 in London.

The other countries grouped together in Pool B are Pakistan, India, Canada, Scotland, and Netherlands.

Malaysia are in for a tough battle as Argentina are fresh from their victory after defeating South Korea 2-1 yesterday.

Armed with dangerous strikers and a lethal penalty expert, Gonzalo Peillat, the Argentines are also currently ranked world no.1.

Peillat scored two of their four penalty corners, and national coach Stephen Van Huizen admits that Malaysia have to beware of Peillat.

“He scored two of the four penalty corners they earned. So, we’ll have to watch out for his powerful flicks.” the coach told reporters.

“The Argentina players are not happy with today’s result because they missed a number of sitters.

“They will definitely want to bounce back and play much better against us. So, we have to be ready for them.

“I hope my players can settle down fast and play well.” The Star quoted the coach as saying.

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