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03-31-2009, 11:04 AM #188
03-31-2009, 11:11 AM #189
Tuesday March 31, 2009
Rashid wants to see a more fired-up and consistent Hafiz
KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttler Mohd Hafiz Hashim will have to show that the fire he rekindled in the just concluded India Open will not be extinguished again.
And he gets the chance to do so in the Asian Championships (ABC), which will be held in Suwon, South Korea, from April 7-12.
National chief coach Rashid Si**dek, however, did not want to read too much into Hafiz’s good run in Hyderabad where he was beaten by Indonesian Taufik Hidayat in the final.
Throughout the tournament, Hafiz showed that he was determined to prove a point, especially after the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) had given him an ultimatum to shape up or ship out following mediocre performances since winning the 2006 Philippines Open.
“Hafiz is still the skilful player we all know. In India this time, he was able to push himself, probably because of the stern warning from the BAM,” said Rashid.
“But skill alone is not enough to survive. We are not looking at one or two good performances but looking at a player who is consistent and has the heart to play good badminton all the time.
“I would like to see how Hafiz fares at the ABC before making any recommendation. He showed that he was fitter (in India). The challenge will be tougher at the ABC and he has to raise his game higher.”
Rashid felt that Hafiz could have made it just as big in badminton as compatriot and world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei if he were more serious in training over the last two years.
“He did not set high targets. A de**feat did not affect him greatly. And we did not see him pushing hard in training. What we saw from Hafiz was a relaxed attitude. ” he said.
“It is all up to him on whether he wants to make a genuine comeback. I am hoping that Hafiz is back for good as far as winning honours in badminton is concerned. We can then look forward to the Thomas Cup Finals next year with more confidence.”
03-31-2009, 11:32 AM #190
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03-31-2009, 11:52 AM #191
Just wait for 1 more tourney..
..the BAC, and see their result and then we all can start judging, forecasting what will happen to both HH & KBH, criticizing, praising (bolehing?), maybe ridiculing and all those things all over again..
03-31-2009, 02:29 PM #192
03-31-2009, 04:38 PM #193
To win matches, Hafiz cannot be depending on just his skill and confidence alone
eaglehelang ... Yes, Li Mao communicates in Chinese only.
At the 2006 Commonwealth Games held here in Melbourne, I met up with the contingent of MAS Mens Singles team, consisting of players, Lee Chong Wei and Wong Choong Hann, and coach Li Mao. Hafiz wasn't selected and he did not come.
As a coach myself, I examine not only the players' skill but also their determination to win matches. As for Hafiz, I can only comment from what I see in tournament video. And I can say that Hafiz is just lazy when playing his matches.
Skill-wise, I would rate HH high up there with LCW and WCH.
Confidence-wise, HH is the best.
Determination-wise, WCH is the best.
Fitness-wise, LCW is the best.
Of course, we all know that it is LCW who produces the best results for Malaysia.
Let's hope that HH can wake up now. He should realise that to win matches, he cannot be depending on just his skill and confidence alone.
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03-31-2009, 06:14 PM #194
03-31-2009, 06:24 PM #195
..HH might've been surprised he could actually reach the Finals Round without having to exert much effort, let alone sweat...Of course, he thought, in the back of his mind, he could stroll through the Final round and defeat Taufik with the same kind of effort he brought in the earlier rounds..
03-31-2009, 08:18 PM #196
Malaysia badminton team , only Lee chong wei is good, the rest are below par, unlike china. China without lin dan , there's still bao chunlai , chen jin , now with Chen long coming up the rank , making it in the semi final of india open.
I hope Malaysia can give Arif a chance to compete more in the tournaments to give him more exposure. Right now i feel in malaysia he is the most talented player now.
03-31-2009, 09:29 PM #197
What do you mean by only LCW is good???! And by the way, thats Datuk Lee Chong Wei to you, the current MS WR1, SO champion & champion amongst all the village champions.
We, Malaysia is a badminton powerhouse, take a good look at our trophy cabinet, it is full with titles like Penang, Johor, Kedah, SSF etc etc. Our famous Malaysia Boleh roar will send all our opponents running for cover.
Arif is not the only talent we have right now. When in comes to talents, we have a bagful of talented shuttlers like HH, KBH, Saiful Apek etc etc.
03-31-2009, 09:35 PM #198
03-31-2009, 11:24 PM #199
04-02-2009, 09:28 PM #200
don't worry after HH exploit in India Open,
he will be selected for more assignments..
04-02-2009, 09:56 PM #201
Of late, CWF, TCS, Liew Daren's performances have been better than Arif. And Arif is getting more chances than those his age, he's already in elit back-up MS at 20. Arif gets to go the same tourneys as the other 3 mentioned. Some who're senior to him like Chan Kwon Beng, Lim Fang Yang are still in back up.
04-02-2009, 11:05 PM #202
If Arif continues to lose,BAM should give him a break and send him to lesser tournaments or risk having his confidence destroyed.It takes a long time to recover from lost confidence;sometimes the recovered specimen may lose its shine altogether.
04-03-2009, 03:09 AM #203
04-03-2009, 05:48 AM #204
In 2007, CHan Kwon Beng was touted as 2nd best back up MS after TCS. After that, dunno why, CKB has stagnanted, CWF, Daren has overtaken him. CKB still trains under Misbun, which means he can take Misbun's tough physical training prog.
2) The 2nd reason on many ppl's minds is a sensitive issue. You're a smart 'swift', should have no problem figuring it out .
Anyway, we're digressing, since this thread's abt Hafiz & KBH. You can refer to limsy's thread on "elit back & back-up 2009" for further discussion.
Last edited by eaglehelang; 04-03-2009 at 05:54 AM.
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