SHA, SSMS pledge to join forces
Published on: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
By: GL Oh
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KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Hockey Association (SHA) and Sabah Malaysian Sports School (SSMS) will be joining forces to develop the sport in the State.

The two parties made the pledge after SHA President Dato’ Sri (Dr) Anil Jeet Singh led a delegation to meet SSMS Principal Madsarin Rahim in Sepanggar on Monday.

He was accompanied by vice president Josy Majalap, secretary Avtar Singh Bal, treasurer Pritam Singh, new head coach Yahya Atan, Ahmad Nizam Yusof, and also present were SSMS senior officers, Mohd Kassnizam Hj Abd Kassim and Noorhanizam Mohammad as well as the school’s coaches Hilary John Baptist, Ibrisam Nadzri, Mohd Aminuddin Ibrahim, Hasrul Jideh and Sharil Izam Muara.

Anil was grateful for the opportunity given by SSMS particularly Madsarin for the meeting to discuss hockey development in Sabah.

“This meeting was more like a heart to heart discussion on how best we could work together for the development of hockey in Sabah.

“We are thankful to the school for their support towards the development of hockey here because when you look at our State teams, including the Sukma squad, most of our players are from the school and we really appreciated what they have done for the game in the State.

“We also believe that if we can work hand in hand and have a comprehensive understanding with the school we can achieve more for the sport,” he said.

Madsarin, on the other hand, revealed that certain rules and regulation need to be met before they could release the students to play for the State, and the school is also paying attention to their students’ academic excellence.

Meanwhile, Anil hoped the State Sukma team will be able to make a quick rebound when they take on Mutiara Impian-MSSPP-PSHA in the TNB Malaysia Hockey League at the Kota Kinabalu Sports Complex hockey field in Likas today (Tuesday) starting at 4pm following their 3-0 loss to Terengganu Ladies HT in their opener last Sunday.

“Although we are not expecting them to do well in the competition, we do hope they will give a good fight against Mutiara Impian-MSSPP-PSHA.

“They are still in the learning process competing in this level of competition and our ultimate priority is the Sukma in Johor this coming July where we hope to win gold,” he said. 


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