Although he is the country’s ace striker, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tg Jalil has never won the top scorers award in the TNB Malaysian Hockey League since making his debut in 2005.
But winning personnal accolades has never been the aim of the 26 year old who is pursuing his degree in Human Resources at the Universiti Putra Malaysia.
Rather Zidane as he is popularly known, aims to continue to provide the ammunition for the rest of his KL Hockey Club teammates in their quest for more glory in the tournament that gets underway this Saturday at the National Hockey stadium.
“To me it has always been about the team first. When we win its down to the collective effort. It does not matter who scores as all that matters is that we win matches,” said Tengku Ahmad who has 160 international caps to his credit having made his debut in a Test match in Kakamighara in Japan in 2005.
“Playing for KLHC gives me a sense of satisfaction as the players are motivated while the club management looks after us well. Hence we always give our best on the pitch and want to win titles.”
Having won the treble – Charity Shield, League Cup and the overall TNB Cup, how does someone like Tengku Ahmad motivates himself having won everything there is to win?
“The hunger remains as this season we aim to create history by being the first club to win all the titles back to back,” said Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin.
“That is our motivation and the league this year is more challenging as it is short, meaning there is no room for complacency nor are we allowed to have a day off.
Tengku Ahmad also harbours hopes of playing in a foreign league after turning out for Mohammedan Hockey Club last month in the Bangladesh League.
He teamed up with Pakistan’s Tariq Aziz and Kamran Ahmad and scored three goals enroute to helping th club win the title in the three week competition.
“I hope to secure an offer to play overseas and am keeping my options open” said the Perlis born player.