PHF to hire foreign coach for national squad

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Lahore, Sep 19 (UNI) With things not working well for the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), the governing body has decided to hire a foreign coach, a trainer and a goal-keeping coach for the national hockey squad.

''We are in contact with hockey players and experts in Australia, Germany and Holland and negotiations are in process for the important jobs with the national hockey squad and the federation,'' PHF General Secretary Asif Bajwa was quoted as saying by 'Dawn'.

Earlier, the Pakistan hockey team was trained under two foreign (Dutch) coaches bringing out fairly good results in 1993-94 and again in 2005.

On PHF's move, Bajwa said, ''I am going to Germany and will have negotiations with various renowned international former hockey players and experts for the development of hockey in the country.'' ''Foreign Research &Development (R&D) analyst will assist the PHF with his expertise for the development of hockey at the domestic and grassroot level,'' said the former Olympian, adding, ''Analyst will also assist the senior and junior team coaches and will help the PHF to prepare a corps of international level hockey umpires.'' While informing about the records of international coaches, renowned hockey commentator Zakir Sayed said, ''Hans Jorritsma, a Dutch coach, was an asset to Pakistan during 1993-94 as Pakistan won major international events under his command.'' ''During Jorritsma's tenure, Pakistan won both the World Cup in 1994 and the Champions Trophy. Jorritsma also brought some of the best physios with him which was an added advantage for the Pakistani hockey squad,'' Zakir stated.

He further said Roelant Oltmans was also good a coach as he remained associated with the national squad for around one year and the only thing the greenshirts gained under his tenure was discipline and consistency.

''Currently, we are in need of a qualified international hockey coach for Pakistan, as now coaching is a science and the coach must be a professional with knowledge of modern hockey,'' he added.

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