Debutants Telekom Malaysia moved into the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) against defending overall champions Tenaga Nasional with a thumping 18-3 aggregate win over PISC-Nur Insafi.
In one of the three playoffs for berths, Telekom powered by Indian internationals Dhanraj Pillay and Len Aiyappa whipped the Penang side 10-1 in the second-leg match at the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Telekom coach S. Prakash said that they were happy to achieve their target of reaching the quarter-finals.
?It is nice to qualify for the quarter-finals with a big win over PISC-Nur Insafi. However, we face an uphill task against the defending champions,? he said.
The quarter-final first-leg matches will be played on Friday and the return matches will be played on Sunday.
?We drew 1-1 with Tenaga in the league match. But the quarter-finals are a different ball game. We will start as the underdogs,? said Prakash.
Meanwhile, PISC Nur-Insafi could be haul up by the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) for playing their match yesterday in the absence of their manager, coach and a medical officer. They only had one reserve player on the bench.
Former champions Royal Malay Regiment (RMR) also qualified for the quarter-finals ? defeating Dolphin 3-1 in the second-leg match at the Tun Razak Stadium yesterday to advance 9-3 on aggregate.
RMR will play against league champions Sapura in the quarter-finals.
Sultan Ahmad Shah (SAS) of Pahang tok the other quarter-final berth from the playoffs ? beating TUDM 15-1 on aggregate.
The Pahang team will play against league runners-up Ernst and Young for a place in the semi-finals.
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