FIH Olympic Qualifier Fact File: Malaysia

GB v Mas OQ
Having been drawn against them for the FIH Olympic Qualifier, find out more about the Malaysia team our men will face at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre between 2-3 November.

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Current world ranking: 11

Nickname: Malaysian Tigers/Speedy Tigers

Best Olympic result: 8th (Munich 1972)

Rio 2016: Did not qualify (haven’t appeared at a Games since finishing 11th at Sydney 2000)

Previous meetings (tournaments since 2000):
  • 2017 Sulan Azlan Shah Cup: Malaysia 0-1 Great Britain (Forsyth)
  • 2015 Hockey World League Semi-Final: Malaysia 1-3 Great Britain (Condon, Jackson, Ward)
  • 2007 Champions Trophy: Malaysia 2-3 Great Britain
  • 2000 Olympics: Malaysia 2-2 Great Britain
Recent tournament appearances 
  • 2019 FIH Series Finals: Silver
  • 2019 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup: Bronze
  • 2018 Men’s World Cup: 15th
  • 2018 Asian Champions Trophy: Bronze
  • 2018 Asian Games: Silver
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games: 5th  
Captain: Sukri Mutalib

Players to watch - Rahim Razie and Tengku Tajuddin
With 279 and 295 international appearances to their names respectively, Rahim Razie and Tengku Tajuddin are currently the second and third most capped players and – alongside captain Sukri Mutalib, who has played 333 times – will be hoping to use all of their experience when they come up against Great Britain.

Former captain Rahim is known worldwide for his fearsome flicking abilities, having already notched 11 goals in 2019 and finishing as the top scorer at the 2014 Asian Games with nine goals in just six games all from set pieces.

He is also a stalwart defender, playing a crucial role in Malaysia securing their best Commonwealth Games finish since taking bronze in 2006 when they claimed fifth place last year.

Diminutive striker Tajuddin also offers a serious goalscoring threat too. Standing at just 5ft 5in, the 33-year-old often provides a stern test for defenders in both open play and from set pieces and scored against England at there recent Four Nations tournament held just before the 2019 EuroHockey Championships.

Head Coach - Roelant Oltmans
Since taking over as head coach in late 2018, Oltmans – whose impressive career includes taking the Dutch women to gold at the 1990 World Cup before leading their men to the Olympic title in 1996 – has taken the Malaysian Tigers to some impressive results.

This includes bronze medals at both the 2018 Asian Champions Trophy and the 2019 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup before securing a second-placed finish behind Canada at the 2019 FIH Series Finals they hosted back in May.

They have also secured impressive test victories against New Zealand and Germany before topping the table at an Invitational Four Nations tournament back in August, where they beat Spain and Ireland as well as drawing with an England side featuring many members who could play in the Olympic Qualifier.

“When we were drawn against Malaysia my instant thought was that it’s fortunate our England athletes played against them recently. They’re a good side, they have some good individuals and a number of threats but having played them recently, it allows you to understand what the threat is.

“They have some good corner routines; they have some very fast players who are individually skilful; they have some large aerial passes; play well on the counter attack and have a very experienced coach in Roelant Ortmans so thye will be very well prepared.

“We will respect them and prepare accordingly.” Danny Kerry