It’s time to offer ‘Fateha’ for hockey: Shehna Featured

Thursday, 12 December 2013 14:33
Former Olympian Shehnaz Sheikh, speaking after Pakistan’s humiliating elimination from the Jr. World Cup on Tuesday, remarked that the only consistency the national sides showed these days was their condemnation to playing for the last positions.In comments to APP after Belgium held Pakistan to a 2-2 draw in their last pool match in New Delhi, Shehnaz reiterated his call for change at the helm of Pakistan Hockey Federation as a first step on the long road towards revival of the national game. “It was the time to offer ‘Fateha’ for the national game which I earlier believed was in Intensive Care Unit”, he said in sarcastic observation on Pakistan juniors’ pathetic display in New Delhi where they scrapped through 3-2 against lowly Egypt and then were whipped 6-1 by tile contenders Germany. 


“I would rather say Pakistan showed consistency but only in being condemned to playing for the last positions”, he said. 
Pakistan failed to reach quarter-finals after 2-2 draw against Belgium and would now play for positions outside the first eight.
“I believe that lack of physical fitness and team work resulted in sorry state of affairs for the team,” he said, adding, there was no aggression and spark in the players which was mandatory in modern hockey.
Shehnaz said he would not call it a junior team as 10 senior players were playing in it.
“If a team having 10 senior players cannot beat junior opponents, how can you expect them to play against senior international teams,” he emphasised.
The former olympian said the recent change of hockey management had also caused confusion among the players which was another reason of the debacle.
Last four years had been the black years for hockey as same old faces were running the affairs of the game with no output, Shehnaz added.
He appealed to the patron-in-chief of hockey to look into the affairs of hockey and fix the chronic problems.
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