AHF Champions Trophy; Debut win for Oltmans as Malaysian coach

Malaysia opened their campaign at the Asian Champions Trophy with a 3-0 with over Asian Games gold medalist Japan in Muscat last night.

While the win was a good start, it could not atone for the gut wrenching defeat in the finals of the Asian Games in Jakarta where Malaysia lost 3-1 in the shootout after leading 5-2 in the match with just 8 minutes remaining, this missing out on a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

But nonetheless the win was a debut victory for newly installed Malaysian coach Roelant Oltmans who took over the reins on October 1.

Oltmans was pleased with his side’s performance.

“This is a new tournament and a new start.

“I am happy with the way we played, but we can do better.

“ We cannot change the past, so we hardly discussed what happened in the Asian Games.

Malaysia opened scoring through Faizal Saari , who took over as the main penalty corner striker with the absence of Razie Rahim who is sitting out of this tournament due to a hamstring injury.

Faizal converted a penalty corner in the 3rd minute and this was followed up with another goal via Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tg Jalil in the 9th minute who tapped in a rebound from another penalty corner.

Faizal converters penalty stroke in the 51st minute to notch all three points.

“ We were motivated to start with a good performance. The Asian Games is now behind us. We are our way to the World Cup, we want to do well here,”added Malaysian captain Shukri Mutalib.

However Japan coach Siegfried Aikman, was not too concerned with the defeat.

“A few individual errors killed us. We did come back strongly, but failed to convert the chances,” he said.

“We have a very young team which can do better. We will come back.”

In another match India defeated Oman 11-0 with Akashdeep Singh notching a hat trick.