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It is unclear whether coach Akhtar Rasool (r) will still be in charge come the Asia Cup. -Photo by AFP
It is unclear whether coach Akhtar Rasool (r) will still be in charge come the Asia Cup. -Photo by AFP

LAHORE: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) will hold an important meeting on July 15 to decide whether to go with the same team management for the upcoming Asia Cup.

Pakistan still stand a chance in the shape of winning the upcoming Asia Cup to qualify for the 2014 showpiece event of hockey.

The team lost the first chance to qualify for the mega event after finishing poor seventh in the World Hockey League.

Top three teams had to qualify for 2014 World Cup through the World Hockey League which was utilised by Argentina, Germany and England booking berths in the 2014 World Cup.

No Asian team could qualify for the mega event.

It needs to be mentioned that winner of the Asia Cup will also get a place in the mega event but Pakistan position seems more flimsy in presence of Korea, Malaysia and even China vying for the same spot.

Now the PHF may hire two other coaches — Manzoor-ul-Hasan Senior and Tahir Zaman — to take over the charge from Akhtar Rasool.

However, it will be a tough challenge for both of them to make recovery in such a short period as the Asia Cup will be held in September this year in Malaysia.—Sports Reporter

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Bob Jul 12, 2013 11:25am

Akhtar Rasool needs to shed some weight. He is too big for his own good.

Goalkeeper Jul 12, 2013 05:42pm

Make Akhtar Rasool the goalkeeper of team Pakistan. Nothing will be able to get past him since he can block the entire goal from post to post by just standing in one place.

michael warner Jul 13, 2013 03:03am

Teams who loose tournaments like Pakistan has been loosing one after the other major prestigious tournaments will be also needing a lot of luck to win the Asia Cup. Team will have to beat India, Korea, Malaysia, Japan and China. All the teams can beat Pakistan and at the same time Pakistan is capable of beating all the mention teams. Changing the coaches or officials of phf will not bring any improvement now with the present situation. Yes everyone agrees that PHF should be replaced from top to bottom including coaches and president and others to build a new fresh and more stronger and focussed set-up who could lead the game back to the glory days. Currently, the team needs to win the Asia cup to qualify for the world cup 2014, so Manzoor bahi and who ever Tahir is will not be able to lead the team in such a short period to win. Although, Pakistan team can and is capable to win even under Akhtar bahi and Hanif bahi with tremendous luck on their side. So, with luck Manzoor bahi can win too. Good Luck Pakistan team.