Dhaka: Pakistan missed last year’s World Cup and Rio Olympics are eager to feel their presence in the upcoming Asia Cup hockey tournament. Neo-appointed head coach Farhat Khan has firmly fixed his position on his fourth title.
Being the second most successful team with three Asia Cup titles, Pakistan is one of the favorites between India and South Korea, with World No. 6 in the tournament, which has won the prestigious tournament four times.
Recalling some of the experienced players in the national camp, Khan said, “We are already qualified for next year’s World Cup in India, but our main focus will be to perform well in Hero Asia Cup.”
“Our performance in the last Asia Cup was not bad because we were winning a lot in all three pool matches but in the semi-finals we lost to South Korea and eventually defeated host Malaysia to finish third. .
“If we want to achieve our goal this time, we will need to improve in all areas of our game. We have faced a difficult time in recent years because we failed to qualify for the last World Cup. They are, and then 2016 Olympic Games we want to do their best to the Hero Asia Cup 2017, “he said.
And Farhat believes that India will be the team to defeat in the tournament as usual.
“There is a tough competition among teams participating in Asian teams because India is the strongest on paper with 6 world rankings.”
“But there are always teams who show up at the 4th place in London in the Hockey World League semi-finals of Malaysia. So, if we want to win the tournament, it is important for us to focus on our game,” Khan said. .
Pakistan will take a turn around Japan on October 11 and open their Asia Cup match against hosts Bangladesh on October 11 before India on Oct. 15.