PETALING JAYA: National hockey defender Mohd Razie Rahim has one aim – to close the gap between Malaysian and Canada in the world ranking.
And to do that, Razie knows that the national team will have to produce good results in the test matches planned against Ireland, Wales and France in London next month.
Malaysia are now ranked 11th in the world with 1,218 points, 107 points behind 10th placed Canada.
The outcome in test matches will guarantee ranking points in the International Hockey Federation (FIH) standings.
The 34-year-old Razif hopes a strong showing will put them in the right path in their preparation for next year’s Asia Cup, which is a qualifying tournament for the 2023 World Cup.
“The test matches will be key because we need points to further strengthen our chances of breaking into the top 10,” said Razie, who has won 281 caps and scored 107 goals.
Before the test matches, Malaysia will get to “warm up” by playing against club sides Old Georgians, Surbiton, Hampstead and Westminster and Beeston HC.
Razie hoped the competitions would be good for the national team, who had been starved from quality international matches for a long time.
“We want to win all the matches. I believe that through this stint, the synergy and chemistry between the seniors and juniors will improve.”