Having inflicted a defeat over Yayasan Negeri Sembilan, UniKL will be hoping that lightening strikes twice at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Friday night.

For the young upstarts  will be up against an unbeaten Sapura who have won both their matches in the TNBMHL thus far. And looking at the form they are in, the match on Friday night should be akin to a walk in the park for Sapura to collect all three points.


A battle royale is on the cards as both teams are in the top half of the standings, Sapura in second spot with six points while UniKL are third with four points. A win for either side will consolidate their position and put them on the right direction for a place in the last eight as the MHL is being run on a single round format this year.

While Sapura won 4-0 against ATM-Airod and 3-2 against Maybank, UniKL had to come from behind in both their matches, drawing 1-1 with Uitm and defeating YNS 4-3 on Wednesday night.

For UniKL team manager Amir Azhar Ibrahim, the win over YNS has given his side the much needed boost after UniKL struggled to a draw in their opening match against Uitm.

"It was a good win but having had to psyche the players for the match against YNS after our inept display on Sunday, I now have to bring the players down to reality," said Amir.

"It will not be easy against Sapura as they have a very experienced side and on top of that have been winning. So trying to match a team that is on a roll is something we face.

UniKL are also anxiously waiting for the X-Ray results of Mohd Taufik who is suspected to have suffered a cracked upper rib in their match against YNS.

Sapura and UniKL played three friendly matches prior to the MHL and two of them ended in a draw while UniKL won the other. And in last season the honours were even as UniKL won the first round match 2-1 while Sapura won 4-2 in the second round.

For Sapura, it was akin to escaping from jail in their match against Maybank as they almost squandered a 3-0 lead before eventually winning 3-2.

"We were poor in the second half and have to be more confident in our ability. It was  acase of trying to preserve the lead that almost cost us the match," conceded Sapura coach I. Viknesawaran.

"UniKL are a young side but the players play with much enthusiasm thus we have to be wary of the threat that they pose. It may look like just a formality to some but we are taking the match seriously.

"So far its a question of pacing as a team has to play four matches within eight days, and that can be taxing on some of our players as age is catching up."

It all points towards an exciting battle, not discounting the fact that Vikneswaran was once coaching UniKL. But it is the team that makes use of its chances and makes the least mistakes in defence that will walk off with a smile on their faces at the end of the 70 minutes.



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