Pakistan hire coach Khawaja


ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Hockey Federation have named former Olympian Khawaja Junaid as their new coach for next month’s Azlan Shah Cup after foreign coaches baulked at taking the job over concerns for their personal safety.

PHF had contacted a number of foreign coaches – including Germany’s Paul Lissek – after the team finished last in the 12-team World Cup at New Delhi last month.

But PHF president Qasim Zia said in a statement on Friday that “due to security concerns foreign coaches are hesitating to come to Pakistan at this stage.”

The Azlan Shah Cup will be held at Ipoh from May 6-16. World champions Australia, China, Egypt, South Korea, India, Malaysia and Pakistan will compete in the tournament. — AP


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