Junaid confident of workforce’s preparations; needs no less than a top-four end
KARACHI: Pakistan nationwide hockey staff coach Khawaja Junaid believes Pakistan have the power to go all the best way within the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, scheduled to start immediately in Malaysia.
Pakistan have missed the final two editions of the event on account of a scarcity of funds and are buzzing to make up on this yr’s cup and Junaid stays assured of the mix of senior and junior gamers.
“That is our first huge task of the yr and we need to begin on a profitable notice. The staff that we now have assembled, regardless of having some inexperienced gamers, is robust sufficient to no less than end within the prime 4,” Junaid advised The Categorical Tribune.
Seven groups, defending champions New Zealand, hosts Malaysia, Australia, India, Japan, Canada and Pakistan, are collaborating within the occasion and Junaid believes the Greenshirts ought to comfortably defeat Canada, Japan and Malaysia.
In the meantime, skipper Mohammad Irfan, who might be main the aspect for the primary time, admits that whereas captaincy has elevated the strain on him, he’s wanting ahead to main the nationwide aspect in a world event.
“We missed the final version because of some points however are fortunate to have the ability to take part this yr,” Irfan advised The Categorical Tribune. “I’m already feeling the strain of being a captain however I’m actually wanting ahead to steer the workforce in Malaysia. It’s a dream come true. We have now younger gamers within the squad, however the coaches have been sensible in establishing the coaching routines and now we simply need to translate these expertise within the subject.”
Revealed in The Categorical Tribune, April 6th, 2016.