Medal for Nadrah
22 May 2017 – Aliff Al-Hafiz Abdul Karim better known as Dug among friends and Malaysia rugby fan started all the entire 3 matches for Malaysia as they retained the Asia Rugby Championship Division 1 2017. However, the last match between Malaysia and Sri Lanka will be the one that he remembered the most as he lost his ‘sister’ the day before the Sunday afternoon clash.
Dug rushed back to Kuala Kangsar as he received news about Nadrah Zainul Ikhsan’s condition. Their family tried to keep it as a secret in the first place as they did not want to disturb Dug’s preparation for the final and crucial game against Sri Lanka. 26 years old Nadrah, died after having complication related to liver failure and high sugar capacity in her blood.
Both Dug and Nadrah’s family are close to one another that lead to the ‘sibling’ bonding between both of them. Nadrah got married earlier this year. Dug did shared that Nadrah was already in a very bad condition when the Malaysian team was about to fly to Perth in preparation for the ARC. Despite of her condition, Nadrah was in jovial mood and still able to cracked jokes about getting on Dug’s dream car when he visited her at the hospital. Nadrah also promised that she will still be there when Dug came back from Ipoh.
Aliff Al-Hafiz who started playing rugby at the SMK Clifford, Kuala Kangsar will always remember his sister as she always cooked chicken soup for him whenever he got injured playing rugby. The product of Sekolah Sukan Sultan Tunku Mahkota Ismail received news that Nadrah had passed away at 10.06am on his way back to Kuala Kangsar from Ipoh.
Dug who currently play for Serdang Angels, make his debut for Malaysia back in 2014 refused to be drop out and insisted on playing in the last match. He wanted to repay the faith given by the head coach, Lee Nyuk Fah by playing the last match, despite of the tragedy. Both, his family and Nadrah’s gave their full support for him to be in the match. He kept on playing against Sri Lanka as that is his dream to play for Malaysia. He also shared that Nadrah will always want him to go on and play the game. Dug’s family was also present at Padang Ipoh for the Sri Lanka match.
It was a mix of feeling for Aliff after winning the Asia Rugby Championship Division 1. Teammates, management and fans gave full support for him. Dug played and gave everything he could for 47 minutes in the match against Sri Lanka before he was replaced by Syabil Laila in the tactical change. Aliff will surely be there as Malaysia will compete in 2018 Asia Rugby Championship Premier.
This will be one of the hardest parts of Aliff’s life. We wish him the very best, to stay strong in facing this tragic moments.
To Nadrah Zainul Ikhsan, Al-Fatihah.