Junior Asia Hockey Cup: Pakistan thrash Chinese Taipei by 15-1
By News Desk
May 24, 2023 01:18 PM
Pakistan began their Junior Asia Cup Hockey campaign in style, beating Chinese Taipei 15-1 at Salalah in Oman on Tuesday, reported the 24NewsHD TV channel.
Muhammad Sufyan and Abdul Hanan Shahid from Pakistan both made hat-trick.
Pakistan will take on Thailand tomorrow.
It is pertinent to mention that the Junior Asia Cup 2023 is the gateway for securing the direct spot for this year’s Junior World Cup in Malaysia. Pakistan must finish among the top three to secure a direct berth.
While Pakistan haven’t played against foreign teams for long, the only plus point for them is the presence of nine players from the senior team who have competed in international events like the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Champions Trophy.
Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) included nine junior players in the senior team when they were teenagers, keeping in mind the future requirements. The other nine including the goalkeepers will make their debuts during the continental event. The team, however, got a boost three weeks ago when internationally acclaimed coach Rolland Oltman joined the training camp.
Pakistan are placed in a very tough group with India and Japan. They must defeat one of them to qualify for the semi-finals.
Muhammad Ahmed Raza, Head Sports Desk