Kannagi gets Rabiatul Adawiyah to assist Young Tigress
By Mazani Chan Yat Sin
KUALA LUMPUR,. Young Tigress coach A. Kannagi hopes the presence of former national player Rabiatul Adawiyah Mohamed can help guide the young players in her team in the National Women’s Hockey League, taking take place from Jan 14 to Feb 20.
The former national defender believes Rabiatul Adawiyah’s vast experience with the national women’s squad previously was an important asset in guiding the team’s young players, consisting players aged between 18 to 22 to improve the quality of their games.
“We have five players from Project 2026 squad, so we are trying to use the services of those who are the main players to help this team challenge their opponents in league competition this season,” she told Bernama recently.
“Of these five players, two will play in the position of goalkeeper while the rest will fill the defender, midfielder and striker roles, so it is a solid combination for this team,” said Kannagi who was a former KL Wiper coach in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
In the meantime, Kannagi explained that her current focus is to improve the skills as well as teamwork among the young players who are mostly students of several schools as well as public universities in the country.
Kannagi will be assisted by two assistant coaches, Roshin Nordin and Mohamad Sabri Mohamad as well as team manager Mohammad Nazrin Yahya.
Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal had earlier announced the formation of the Young Tigress squad to provide opportunities and exposure to players who were not selected for the country’s main women’s squad.
Apart from the Young Tigress, the other five teams competing this season are defending champions, SME Uniten-KPT, PDRM Blue Warriors, Sabah, Mutiara Impian-MSSPP-PSHA and UniKL Ladies.