KARACHI: Pakistan’s hockey team lost its opening game of the four-match Test series against South Korea 4-0 in Seoul, Korea on Monday.
After beating their opponents twice in the recently concluded Four-Nation Hobart Challenge Cup in Australia, the Greenshirts meekly conceded one goal in each quarter.
Captain Muhammad Imran told The Express Tribune that the management is testing new combinations. “The best combination that works against Korea will be considered for the Olympic qualification round next month,” he said.
The tour is part of the Pakistan Hockey Federation’s preparatory programme for the qualification round. The team was earlier sent to Australia, where they stood second out of four nations – Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand and Korea.
“We have high hopes for the event in June and that is what we are aiming for,” added Imran. “Losing or winning in this tour does not matter much and won’t be detrimental to our confidence.”
Published in The Express Tribune, May 19th, 2015.
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