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PHF to decide fate of team management next week

Published Jul 12, 2013 07:58am
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