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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Former captain to call it quits?

by Vijhay Vick
SAPURA coach I.Vikneswaran wants S.Kuhan to remain in the game for atleast another year despite not being at the top of his game during the Malaysian Hockey League (MHL) couple of months backs.

It is believed the Sapura skipper is toying with the idea of retiring to pave way for the younger generation to lead Sapura's future challenges.

"He still has so much to offer to the game. Of course he is not the player he used to be but he cannot be judged on last season's performance.

"But he will have to work harder than he played last year, that's for sure," said Vikneswaran.

Last season, Sapura started their campaign with an ill-prepared Kuhan. The 34-year-old had only joined their training session two days before the league kick-off as he was working offshore.

Understandably Vikneswaran attribute this to Kuhan's performance and hopes the former national player will not have work commitments offshore again come next season.

"This is the reason I don't think it's fair to judge him. Besides, he can be a good role model for the younger players. His experience can them progress as players," he added.

Kuhan, a penalty corner specialist during his heydays, donned the national colours from 1995 - 2006.

According to Vikneswaran Sapura is ready to blend youth and senoir players come next year - Hence Kuhan is needed.They target to become a top team in the next two to three years, by which of course surely Kuhan would have hung his stick.

As part of this long term goal Sapura, for the first time, will enter a team into the Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL). The junior league kicks off on Jan 19.

Approximately hundred over players, as young as 13 underwent initial selections to play for Sapura. That figure has been trimmed down to 22 since.

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