Bitter Sweet Win For UniKL

It was in 2009 that Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah requested University Kuala Lumpur to look into the possibility of starting a hockey team of their own.

Tengku Abdullah who is the Chancellor of UniKL instructed Dato Amir Azhar Ibrahim to prepare a working paper and the budget for the formation of the team.

And nine years later. The team repaid the faith and vision of Tengku Abdullah by winning the TNB Cup, which is the overall champions of the Malaysian Hockey League.

“ Tuanku wanted us to not only have a team but also to look into the possibility of having an academic program for sportsmen,” recalled Amir who is the team manager of the victorious UniKL team.

“ We at UniKL are Glad yo have delivered the first part of his vision by winning the trophy and providing a platform for many players to move up the ranks through our junior squads to the various national teams.

“ And God willing the academic program should take off in 2019.

“ We are also proud to be the first Hockey Club to have our very own stadium and this credit must go to our CEO Prof Dati Dr. Mazliham Su’ud as he has been supporting this sport since it was first started in 2009.”

But while the celebrations started in the stands and pitch amongst the players, it was a bitter sweet win fir UniKL after edging KL Hockey Club 4-3 in the sudden death shoot out after ending the regulation time all square at 1-1.

Sweet because they had finally landed a silverware.

Bitter because the journey to the title was littered with obstacles – not from outside but within the team.

And both Amir and coach Arul Selvaraj have indicated that the final could well be the last match they would be in charge.

“ I leave it to the bosses to decide as there are others quite capable of taking over the reins,” said Amir.

However Arul did not mince his words as minutes after the final whistle he told journalists that it was time to move in.

“ I have delivered and the time is right to move on and let others take over coaching the team,” said Arul.

“ Many were not happy with the signing of the six foreign players but in the end what matters is that they played a significant role in us winning the title.

“ As a coach I had to meet the key performance index set by the Club and in the process several players were not given much time to play,

“ But that’s the reality of team sports, only those who can deliver the goods get to play,

“ Whatever decisions I made was for the best interest of the team and I am vindicated by the success of capturing the trophy,”

It would indeed be a shame if a winning Ng combination is split up but then again this is sports, Malaysian style where politics off the field reign supreme.