‘Officials, selectors and coaches must all resign’

Former hockey players come down hard after Olympics failure.


Fawad Hussain August 07, 2012

Pakistan’s thrashing at the hands of Australia that put the Greenshirts out of the medals race has forced former players and Olympians to demand resignations from the Pakistan Hockey Federation’s (PHF) top brass.

The Olympians have asked the PHF President Qasim Zia and secretary Asif Bajwa, as well as the selection committee and the team management, to take the blame and step down.

“We are standing exactly where we were in Beijing four years ago,” former captain Qamar Zia told The Express Tribune. “The federation’s policies have failed to yield results and now they should resign to give the country’s hockey a new start. This setup is not capable of delivering the goods and that has been proved by the team’s results under them. We will once again feature in a position match like we did four years ago while the pain of a bottom-place finish in the World Cup is still fresh.”

Government should interfere: Ibrahim

Meanwhile, another Olympian Qamar Ibrahim said that the repeated blunders by the PHF think-tank deprived the team of a podium finish.

“They’ve committed countless blunders,” said Ibrahim. “For instance, the decision to keep just one goal-keeper in the squad was suicidal and cost the team dearly. Shahid Ali Khan, the goal-keeping coach, is the same man under whom Pakistan finished bottom in the World Cup. The PHF is making a mockery of the national game by obliging its favourites. This whole set-up should be abolished.

“There is still hope and the the government should take action before it is too late.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2012.

COMMENTS (13)

Arif Belgaumi | 9 years ago | Reply

Mass resignation would the correct and honourable thing to do.

roomi | 9 years ago | Reply

A year ago in 2011 Pakistan hockey team had beaten Australia and also won a title after a long time. Somehow a few months later the Dutch coach was sacked and most of the senior players sacked or banned as they played in the Indian Hockey league to earn a living! PHF doesnt give these players enough money to survive yet they were banned! The PHF that controls hockey in Pak tried to send a young team to tournaments before Olympics but since it kept getting thrashed it decided to lift the ban from senior players one month before Olympics. They had already killed their own side as it takes time to make a combination! So these players were only playing togather for one month! You cant expect to win with such erratic and bad management! Talent is squandered! Salman Akbar Pakistan most experienced goal keeper is playing Dutch league yet they considered him unfit for Pakistan! Had they allowed the Dutch coach to work I think on the momentum Pakistan was creating it could have finished in the top 3-4! PHF is Pakistan Hockey’s own biggest enemy!

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