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Zolkples (Left) insisted that the loss yesterday was a disappointment to the whole nation. The men's hockey squad, ranked 13th in the world, lost to Trinidad and Tobago, who are ranked 29th in the world during a Group B match yesterday. - Bernama pic
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EDINBURGH, July 31:
The Malaysian hockey squad’s 2-4 loss to minnows Trinidad and Tobago yesterday has not gone down well with National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong.
The men’s hockey squad, ranked 13th in the world, lost Trinidad and Tobago who are ranked 29th in the world during a Group B match yesterday.
“I can say we have created history by losing to an unknown team. When talking about Trinidad and Tobago, we only knew that the country was famous for sprinters. The loss yesterday was a disappointment to the whole nation.
“I have received feedback and concern about the National team’s ability to do well in the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea and qualify for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro,” he told reporters here.
Zolkples said drastic measures were needed before heading to Incheon, South Korea for the Asian Games next month.
He said he had also contacted Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah via short messaging service (SMS) to brief him about the need for drastic action as the Asian Games is just around the corner.
Once back from Glasgow, Zolkples said the NSC and the MHC need to sit down and rectify the situation.
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