LAHORE: 18 member national squad of Pakistan Hockey Team reached India to show power in the 35th edition of FIH Champions Trophy, PakistanTribe reported.
An 18-member national squad reached India via Wagah border and will play their opening match of the Champions Trophy against Belgium in Bhubneshwar on December 6.
Talking to media before the departure of the team, coach Shahnaz said the boys had worked hard to prepare for the big event and would look to rectify the short comings of the Incheon Asian Games. He said they would try their level best to win the tournament and bring consistency in their performances.
After five grueling months of training and preparations, the Pakistan team are ready to face the top sides from around the world in the Champions Trophy, which will be taking place at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar “I, along with my support staff, have worked extremely hard with the players for the past five months, trying to fix their techniques. We believe that this has led to improvements, as was evident at the Asian Games.”
He said that the players had responded beyond his expectations and his only hope was that they put their training to work against their opponents to avoid disappointing the nation. “We are trying to arrange some practice matches before the Champions Trophy starts on December 6,” he said.
Captain Muhammad Imran along with senior player Rashid Mehmood take off for India accompanied with team after NOC issued by organization.
Skipper Imran said the team would try and win the tournament and improve their world rankings. “I am optimistic of our chances at the Champions Trophy since we have trained well. We will try our best to compete against the top teams from around the world and at least finish in the top four to make our way back among the best,” said Imran.
Pakistan hockey team so far collected 16 medals in champions trophy including three gold medals, 6 silver and seven bronze medals.
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