New Delhi, 05 March 2015: High on confidence both the Indian Women and the Malaysian Women Hockey Team practiced today for the impending FIH Hockey World League Round 2 at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.
Malaysia, placed in Pool B will take on Kazakhstan in the opening match of the league scheduled for 7 March 2015, India, placed in Pool A is all geared up to lock horns with Ghana on the first day with an aim to outwit the opponents and hoping to make an impact in front of the home fans.
While the Indian eves are encouraged to keep up the good performance with a victory in the recent practice match played against Poland 4-0, Malaysian eves are working hard to go that extra mile by displaying and implementing the best of their expertise.
Both the teams are maintaining their momentum and are ready to showcase a confident show at the league ahead.
Speaking after the practice session today, Coach Malaysia Md Nasihin Nubli Ibrahim said, “It was our first training session here today and we practiced a few set pieces and worked out pretty well. We started preparing for this tournament almost three months back and we are aiming at entering the finals itself. Russia and Singapore are also pretty tough teams in the Pool but we hope to see India in the finals with us, as we are also eyeing revenge from them for the Asian Games loss.”
Speaking ahead of their first clash against Ghana, Hockey India High Performance Director, Roelant Oltmans said, “We have to finish in the top two as our main motive is to qualify for the Olympics. The team has a lot of potential and we have to work towards helping the team mature. It is always one match after the other and it is not always about winning or losing, it is more about improving ourselves with each match. The team indeed is getting better each day and now we have to focus on being consistent. The girls are willing and able to help each other out at any given point during the game and work as a unit. Though we have not played a match with Ghana before and are not familiar with their style of play, we will be working towards refining our strengths and using them against Ghana.”
India will take on Ghana on the inaugural day of the league on 7 March 2015 at 2000 HRS (IST) and Malaysia will play against Kazakhstan at 1315 HRS IST at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi on the same day.