Thursday, July 18, 2013

Work With Revington - Tengku Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR, July 17 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Hockey Confederation (MHC) president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has called on all parties to cooperate with Paul Revington in guiding the national squad to qualify for the 2014 World Cup competition in the Netherlands.

Tengku Abdullah said the time had come for all parties to put past squabbles behind and focus on the 2013 Asia Cup campaign in Ipoh, Perak next month which offered a ticket to the 2014 World Cup.

"Revington has stated his willingness to continue coaching the national hockey squad and he is willing forget problems encountered as he is confident with the ability of our hockey squad," he told reporters after attending a Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) Executive Committee meeting here Wednesday.

Tengku Abdullah, who is also FAM deputy president, said national hockey players were relieved following the South African coach's decision to continue working with the team.

"We are running short of time and the service of Revington is much required to determine the fate of the national team in the Asia Cup," he said.

Revington had caused alarm bells to ring when he sent his resignation letter two weeks before the World Hockey League semi-finals in Johor Baharu at the end of last month.

He made the decision after alleging interference in managing the national squad especially from national youth squad coach K. Dharmaraj and 1Malaysia Hockey Development director, Lim Chiow Chuan.

Nonetheless the 39-year-old coach withdrew his decision when several parties including Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin persuaded him to return coaching the national squad until the end of the World Hockey League semi-final on July 7.

Yesterday, the question on Revington was answered when he agreed to continue coaching until his contract expires in 2014.

-- BERNAMA

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