Karachi: Pakistan’s former hockey stalwart Shahbaz Ahmad Sr. believes that a depleted Pakistan Whites will clinch hockey gold medal in the ongoing South Asian Games when they will clash with host India in the final today (Friday).
“Insha Allah (God’s willing), our boys will claim gold medal in the hockey event of the South Asian Games,” Shahbaz, Secretary Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), told PPI.
Shahbaz said that the morale Pakistan hockey team is very high ahead of the summit clash.
“Our team has defeated India in the tournament by 2-1 score. I am very hopeful they will repeat their performance in the final as well Insha Allah,” he said.
Shahbaz, who captained green-shirts in their last World Cup glory in 1994, said that Pakistan Whites would be a bit stronger had Samiullah been in the squad.
Samiullah was denied Indian visa for the games. Coach Rehan Butt was included in the squad to complete the line-up.
“Rehan Butt is a former player and there is a big difference in fitness level of a former player and a present team member. So, certainly we have been forced to compete with a depleted team in the tournament,” Shahbaz explained.