Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dharma Raj Ready To Accept Whatever Decision Taken By MHC

SEPANG, Aug 5 (Bernama) -- National hockey coach Muhammad Dharma Raj Abdullah is willing to accept his fate if the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) decides to terminate his service.

"If the MHC feels that terminating my services is the best option for the good of the team, so be it," he said when met upon his arrival from Glasgow at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), here Tuesday.

He was commenting on MHC coaching committee chairman Manjit Majid Abdullah's call to sack Dharma Raj for the embarrassing 2-4 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

Dharma Raj said based on his previous experience, he would not want to be dragged into a confrontation with Manjit.

"I have no problem. Based on my previous experience, I am able to face the situation. If he (Manjit) feels he is right, I am not going to challenge him because I have an important responsibility to take care of the team," he said.

Dharma Raj said MHC had its own experts and they would be able to understand and support the National hockey team based on their assessment.

Apart from the 2-4 loss to Trinidad and Tobago, Malaysia also lost 1-8 to England and 1-6 to New Zealand in their group match.

"The team that played in the Commonwealth Games was mainly made up of young and inexperienced players. Even before we went to Glasgow everyone knew that our main mission is the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

"I will pick four players for the Asian Games squad. If I was selfish, I would have taken the first team to Scotland..not the second team and probably finished among the top three," he said.

Dharma Raj said the reason for not taking the seniors to Scotland was to give them enough rest before heading to Incheon for the Asian Games next month.

He added that the Asian Games squad would leave to Europe on Aug 10, to prepare for the Asian Games.


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