Karachi: Tournament favourites, who have jointly almost defeated all teams except host Malaysia in the tournament – archrivals Pakistan and India would meet today Wednesday in a high voltage match of 3rd Sultan of Johor Junior Hockey Cup in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Winning both of its matches in the tournament with high margins, Pakistan sits on the top of the table with six points and a goal difference of seven goals. Pakistan first defeated Korea 30 and later overpowered England 62.
Meanwhile, Indian colts has also won both of its matches after pulling close victories against England and Argentina, accumulating six points with a goal difference of only two goals and they now sit at third spot behind Malaysia.
Malaysia, who are defending the title in the event, pulled big victories in its two matches, earning six points, a goal difference of six goals and second spot behind Pakistan on points table.
The Pakistani juniors are trying to put their best in the tournament under new coach Manzoorul Hassan, to bring back the former World Champion on hockey map again after the senior side failed to make the cut for World Cup 2014 for the first time ever in the history of the event.
Pakistan’s senior side has recently failed to make the cut for World Cup 2014 after it failed to win the Asia Cup and had earlier also put a lacklustre show in Hockey World League.
“We must now put our best during tournaments and also focus on our junior players so that we could produce a strong senior side in near future and earn back our prestige in the world of hockey,” Manzoorul Hassan said.
The former Olympian Manzoor said that Pakistan hockey is facing a bad patch and to come out of this, the junior and senior sides must try their level best to perform well in international tournaments in order to save the national sport from falling into oblivion.
“We must pull victories the way our junior team is trying to do in this tournament so that the people don’t forget us as one of the top nation in the history of hockey,” he said.
Manzoor said that his colts would be trying to win each and every match during the tournament and the side would also put their best during the match against India.
“The team would put its level best to beat India. However, it would be a tough battle as India would also be coming in the match after winning both of its matches just like us,” he said.