Pakistan hockey needs able people at its helm: Samiullah


Karachi: Former Pakistan hockey Olympian Samiullah feels that the reason behind hockey downfall in the country is that incompetent people are leading it and if right people are brought than it could easily be brought back on track.

“If there were lack of funds then it means the people sitting at the top of the federation lack administrative skills. This is a lame excuse to say that former world champions lost to minnows like France because of lack of funds,” Samiullah told.

Coach Shahnaz Sheikh and Captain Mohammad Imran on their return have said the players were unable to perform since they didn’t even have enough money to eat during the big tournament.

Green-shirts recently failed to qualify for next year’s Olympics after dismal show in Antwerp, Belgium where they even lost to underdogs Ireland and France in World Hockey League.

Samiullah, who was fondly called ‘Flying Horse’ for his speed in the field, said if capable and dedicated people are brought forward to look after the affairs of the national sport, then it could be brought back on track.

“We have immense talent just as any other top hockey playing nation. We only need to first channel that talent into national circuit and then polish it and you will see green-shirts back in the elite hockey playing nations soon,” he added. “The only thing we need is to bring people on merit.”