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Pakistan can't make mistakes against Australia: coach

August 06, 2012


On Tuesday, Pakistan tackle world champions Australia. -Photo by Reuters

Pakistan, hockey gold medallists in 1960, 1968 and 1984, stepped back into contention for a semi-final spot with a nail-biting 5-4 win over South Africa on Sunday.

It took their points tally to seven from four matches – one behind World Cup winners Australia and Great Britain.

On Tuesday, Pakistan tackle world champions Australia.

“Australia are one of the best sides here. We cannot make any mistakes in that match,” said Pakistan coach Akhtar Chaudhry while talking to AFP.

“We have to play very carefully and if my forwards move like they did against South Africa, it will be a very good match.”

In an earlier interview at Cannock Hockey Club, manager Khawaja Mohammed Junaid said that there have been difficulties and there is competition among the players.

He explained that individual weaknesses are criticized privately and team meetings are kept positive and constructive, but more notably “we watch uplifting movies and go for coffee together off pitch. I am very grateful to each player as we have become well connected.”

Captain Sohail Abbas said that the players need to stay focused, especially at this stage of the tournament and asked the fans for their full support.

“Focus on being sincere to yourself both critically and mentally,” the penalty-corner specialist said.

“What we need from Pakistan is their prayers and support. When you clap…clap with both hands,” he added.