NHDP Tigers face uphill task in Mirnawan Cup

KUALA LUMPUR: NHDP Tigers face an uphill task against Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) in their bid to qualify for the Mirnawan Cup semi-finals at the National Hockey Stadium tomorrow.

NHDP Tigers and BJSS both have three points each from a one win and one loss in Group B.

NHDP Tigers thrashed Singapore 13-0 on Sunday but were outplayed 5-0 by Japan on Monday. BJSS lost 4-2 to Japan before bouncing back to hammer Singapore 7-0.

Japan, who have secured a place in the semi-finals, will wrap up their group fixtures against winless Singapore tomorrow.

NHDP Tigers coach Harfizi Baharom said they stand a 50-50 chance against BJSS.

"But BJSS will start as the favourites as they have some good players who helped the team to win the NHDP Inter-Zone Under-17 last month.

"However, my players are all fired up against BJSS (winners of the league and overall titles in the Malaysia Junior League Under-19 in August)."

NHDP Tigers will be banking on Aiman Hakimi and Danish Irfan who scored four and three goals respectively against Singapore.

In Group A, Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) have reached the last four with two wins while MSS Perak and Odisha Sports of India, both who have one win each, will fight for the remaining semis slot.

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