Malaysian Tigress must keep on fighting, says Hanis Nadiah

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 Despite being saddened by the decision of head coach, Muhammad Dharma Raj Abdullah, not to reapply for his position, the national women’s hockey squad must remain focused and improve on their current performance.

This was the call made by prolific national forward, Hanis Nadiah Onn, for the sake of the future of national women’s hockey.

Yesterday, Muhammad Dharma Raj bid adieu to Malaysian Tigress after he made the decision not to reapply, due to allegations that he was against the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC).

According to Hanis Nadiah, Muhammad Dharma Raj was an important figure in improving the performance of the national women’s squad, and under his leadership, she emerged as the country’s first female player to be named as Asia’s Most Promising Player in 2016.

“For me, it was not only the knowledge that was shared but the words of encouragement from him that will always remain with the team. The fight will continue, regardless of who will take over as coach, and all players need to remain united and take Malaysian Tigress to the next level in the future.

“It is sad that he (Muhammad Dharma) has made the decision to leave Malaysian Tigress but I am proud that he has taken us to the highest level. Some of us have had the opportunity to play in the European League which is the dream of every player in the world,” she said.

Sharing the same views was Malaysian Tigress penalty expert, Nuraini Abd Rashid who called upon her team mates to remain committed to all of MHC’s plans.

Among Muhammad Dharma Raj’s notable achievements with the team was winning the gold medal at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, emerging as runners up in the second round of the Women’s Hockey World League (WHWL), and taking the fifth place at the 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games.

In December, the MHC announced that they would not be extending the contracts of all coaches under the national governing body, except that of Roelant Oltman, coach for the national men’s squad, in an effort to inject new breath into the national hockey structure.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)