SPORT-AZLAN-IND 2 LAST

SPORT-AZLAN-IND 2 LAST

first_img(REOPENS FGN 5) (REOPENS FGN 5) A victory against New Zealand would have secured India a place in the title round with a league game to spare and a livid head coach Roelant Oltmans made no bones about his wards poor show against the Black Sticks. “Were keen to make the final, but for getting there we need to produce a good game of hockey against Malaysia tomorrow,” said Oltmans. “Malaysia have exhibited some good hockey, but were unlucky not to get better results,” said Oltmans. Malaysian coach Stephen van Huizen has concerns about injuries sustained by his captain Razie Rahim whose penalty corner conversions have been a key element in Malaysias good show. Rahim needed stitches on his lips after Tuesdays match against Canada. The following day, he received a stinging blow on the hand as he brought off a desperate save in the last quarter of the match against Pakistan which the home side won 1-0. Rahim played a gallant game for Malaysia as they hung on to the fourth-minute lead provided by himself. Van Huizen extolled his team to come out and produce a outstanding show in the last league outing against India tomorrow. “Well give it our best and only then look at where we finish,” said van Huizen, who conceded that Malaysia did not have very good prospects of qualifying for the final. “Were still a long way off being among the top teams, but we aspire for a sound show against them,” said the Malaysia coach. PTI Cor PDS PM PMadvertisementlast_img

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