PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian junior hockey team will leave for the United Kingdom on Sept 26 to play a series of matches to prepare for the Junior World Cup in India from Nov 24-Dec 5.
The squad, comprising 21 players under coach Wallace Tan and manager I. Vikneswaran, will play eight games against clubs and international teams. Three of those matches will be against England, one of the competitors at the Junior World Cup.
Wallace said the matches, especially against England, would be vital to help the players adapt to tactics.
“It’s also the best time to assess the players’ form and performance before the Junior World Cup,” he said.
“We’ve been quarantined for quite a while, and when we returned to training, we worked on the basics