KARACHI: The government has given go-ahead for Pakistan’s participation in the Junior Hockey World Cup in India in December.
Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary Shahbaz Ahmed told ‘The News’ that Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) has informed him that the government had permitted participation in the Junior World Cup, scheduled to be held in Lucknow from December 8-18.
“PSB has informed us and we will get the NOC on Monday,” he said.
He said that Pakistani players would have to be mentally tough because Asia Cup 2017 and senior team’s Hockey World Cup 2018 would also be held in India. “Our players should be mentally prepared for tough contests in difficult conditions,” he said.
Head coach Tahir Zaman said that Pakistan’s first match, against Holland on December 9, was expected to be tough.
Pakistan play against Egypt on December 11 and Belgium the next day.
Tahir said that Pakistan must win two matches to reach the quarter-finals. “The team has to be consistent,” he added.
Source : Internet