Karachi: Erstwhile powerhouse of the sport, Pakistan’s failure to qualify for the boys’s hockey World Cup has created a furore within the nation with faded avid gamers finding it “laborious to digest” and calling for heads to roll within the national federation.
Pakistan hockey suffered a crushing blow on Thursday when it misplaced to Japan 2-3 in its closing PollA match of the ongoing Asia Cup.
With India a success 16-0 in opposition to hosts Indonesia, Pakistan crashed out of the event and furthermore didn’t qualify for subsequent one year’s FIH World Cup to be held within the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.
Once the undisputed champions of world hockey, Pakistan has reeled from one crisis to 1 other and from one disappointment to 1 other and Thursday’s blow has resulted in renewed calls for the sacking of the long-serving president of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Brigadier (retd) Khalid Sajjad Khokar and coach Khawaja Junaid
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Junaid, a faded Olympian has been linked to the national senior and junior groups progressively since his retirement.
“Here’s extraordinarily laborious to digest that for the second time now we now hold didn’t qualify for the World Cup. The build is our hockey headed now?” faded captain and Olympian Samiullah wondered.
One other faded captain and Olympian, Islahuddin said it modified into heartbreaking that Pakistan has no longer qualified for the closing two Olympics and now its second successive World Cup.
“There modified into a time when such gargantuan events were incomplete with out Pakistan,” he said.
Islahuddin’s issues are understandable mad by that Pakistan, which is a proud hockey nation with three Olympic gold medals, four World Cup titles and so a lot of Asian stage wins, has now gone with out a valuable title since 2010 after they won the Asian Games gold.
Pakistan had high hopes of qualifying for the World Cup after drubbing Indonesia 13-0 within the Asia Cup but arch-rivals, India who important 15 objectives to qualify for the Mammoth 4 stage, crushed their hopes.
Earlier than the ongoing Asia Cup, the PHF even despatched the group on a coaching tour of Europe besides appointing Dutchman Siefred Aikman as head coach.
Frail successfully-known centre ahead Hasan Sardar said other Asian countries had solid ahead whereas Pakistan had been left at the abet of thanks to a wretched domestic construction. “One may maybe perhaps never even imagine that Japan may maybe perhaps beat us,” he said.
The show concern would no longer augur successfully for the sport’s future within the nation in any recognize with faded stalwarts questioning what’s subsequent for Pakistan hockey.
“We truly desire folks to walk hockey who don’t hold any self ardour. We desire coaches who are prepared to work selflessly and can no longer be there for the day-to-day allowances and foreign rides,” Samiullah said.
Olympian Rasheed ul Hasan pointed out that the 2 total components for Pakistan hockey’s imperfect showings in recent years had been the PHF president and Khawaja Junaid.
“What hold these two carried out as yet no topic being around for thus a few years now. Khokar has been president for seven years now,” he said.
“Now we hold repeatedly measured our hockey strength with India and it hurts to look at the Indian group now surging earlier than us in all departments. I possess radical steps are required from the authorities to end this decline,” Pakistan’s most worthwhile captain and coach, Islahuddin said.