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Pak hockey team failed to achieve its objective in Asia Cup

Lahore, May 25 (ANI): Former Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) director general Zakir Hussain Syed has said that the Pakistani hockey team failed to achieve its objective in the recently concluded Asia Cup where the green shirts lost to South Korea in the final.

“Pakistan’s objective in the Asia Cup 2009 was to win and qualify for the World Cup in India. This target was not achieved. And though reaching the final might be of some consolation, the end result remains the same as before the Asia Cup,” he said.

“We will now have to go through the qualifying round and the uncertainty that invariably accompanies any such process,” the Daily Times quoted Syed, as saying.

The renowned sports administrator and columnist said Pakistan played their best match against India whom they beat 4-2 to avenge the Ipoh defeat.

“But I personally feel that Pakistan had the capacity and strength to beat South Korea but they failed because of a poor strategy.”

He said the Koreans were considered pre-tournament favourites but he still felt that Pakistan should have won to qualify for the World Cup.

Syed said out of the remaining lot only forwards Abdul Haseem Khan, Mohammad Irfan and Zeeshan Ashraf were impressive.

He said the PHF should now concentrate on the future build up of the team and must give due emphasis to grooming physically strong and tall youngsters as physique does play a major role in the ultimate outcome. (ANI)

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