MALAYSIAN INDOOR SQUAD HOCKEY ASIAN CHAMP BUT MISSES OUT ON WORLD CUP
These days it's joyous being a Malaysian sports fan - national athletes from e-games to gymnastics have brought the good times back.
Another brilliant performance, this time from the men's indoor hockey players, saw Malaysia clinch the gold medal in the 2022 Asia Cup Indoor Hockey Championship (Men and Women).
It wasn't easy; they had to defeat defending champions Iran 3-2 in a shoot-out at the Huamark Indoor Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand.
The goals of Muhamad Izham Azhar, Norsyafiq Sumantri and Shello Silverius during the crucial moment of the shoot-out decision, in addition to the authority of the national goalkeeper, Mohd Khairul Afendy Kamaruzaman, crowned Malaysia as champions for the first time.
The four Malaysian goals in regulation time were scored by Muhammad Ashran Hamsani (2 goals), Shello Silverius and Mohd Norhafizie Jamil Azomi.
Malaysia, ranked 21st in the world, and Iran, ranked third in the world, tied 4-4 after 40 minutes, leading to a shoot-out to find the winner.
Even sweeter for the National Squad when the final match against Iran saw Norsyafiq Sumantri named as the match's best player.
The nation rejoiced at their success, including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
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