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July 3, 2011

‘Pakistan hockey team on target ahead of 2012 Games’

Sports

July 3, 2011

KARACHI: Pakistan may have failed to beat top hockey teams like world champions Australia and European powerhouses Germany in the recent past but team officials are confident that the Greenshirts are slowly but surely catching up with the big guns.
On Friday, Pakistan dominated their Rabo Trophy match against Germany in Amsterdam but finally lost it 1-2 to fell out of the title race in the event that also features hosts Netherlands and England.
Earlier this summer, the Pakistanis almost prevailed over Australia in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup final in the Malaysian city of Ipoh before losing in extra-time.
“We may have lost those matches but have gained a lot from them,” Khawaja Junaid, the Pakistan team manager, told ‘The News’ from Amsterdam on Saturday. “We are playing close matches against top sides like Germany and Australia that is giving our boys a lot of self-belief. The way our team is improving, I would say that we will soon start winning such games,” stressed Junaid, a former Olympian.
“Over the last several years, we fell behind top teams because we were not getting enough opportunities to play against them. But now things have changed and we are playing more and more against the leading sides and that’s an added advantage as we prepare for the next year’s Olympic Games in London,” he added.
Pakistan suffered a setback on Friday when they were edged 1-2 by Germany in an action-packed encounter of the four-nation Rabo Trophy in Amsterdam.
The Greenshirts paid the price for a number of missed opportunities as the Germans raised their hopes to win the tournament that is also featuring hosts Netherlands and England.
After being held 2-2 by England in their previous match of the tournament on Wednesday, Pakistan were looking to beat the Germans and enhance their chances of winning the quadrangular event.
“We wasted too many opportunities,” said Junaid. “We missed around 10-12 realistic chances otherwise it

could have been a different story,” he added.
Junaid said that Pakistan will work on this weakness in their next training camp after concluding this ongoing tour of Europe. “Our missing ratio is too high and that’s an alarming sign. We will have to work on it.”

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