WILL the 30-minute pep talk by former world champion Hendrawan yesterday inspire Hafiz Hashim and Kuan Beng Hong to resurrect their respective careers?
The BA of Malaysia (BAM) certainly hopes so as it will as both under-performing shuttlers are struggling to justify their places in the national squad. have become been long overdue in the national team.
Hendrawan, in his first day at work as national singles coach, gave a pep talk to the national back-up elite players together with Hafiz and Beng Hong, where he reminded them over the importance of setting and achieving goals.
“I spoke to them about why it is a must for them to set targets and goals and also to achieve them. Setting a goal is a must as it will help set a proper direction,” said Hendrawan at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara Jalil yesterday.
BAM has yet to decide whether Hafiz and Beng Hong should remain with coach Misbun Sidek or be handed over to Hendrawan.
Handing them over to Hendrawan could be a will be a better option if the duo are handed to Hendrawanas the change may help in re-igniting rebuild their confidence and re-ignite their desire to make an impression once again.
“As for me, I’m willing to work with any shuttler, even if my job scope does not include them. From what I saw in training today (yesterday), Hafiz is still good.”
Hafiz has been struggling since winning the 2003 All England and the same goes to Beng Hong, after his failure to beat Denmark’s Joachim Persson in the 2006 Thomas Cup semi-final match.
As for this year, Hafiz’s form has been highly erratic, with his final appearance in the India Open his , having reached the final of the India Open in April as his best result. this year.
Whilst Beng Hong’s only claim to fame was making best achievement was the quarter-finals of the India Open and Asian Championships.
In last week’s Malaysia Open, Hafiz was a first-round casualty while Beng Hong was eliminated in the second round.