Hockey players to get jobs in certain deptts

Lahore—A few departments have agreed to provide employment to hockey players on the request of Pakistan Hockey Federation.
“PHF approached a number of departments in regard to provision of jobs to deserving hockey players and it is a good omen that a few (departments) have agreed to it,” a spokesman of PHF while talking to APP said here on Friday.
He said the present regime of PHF is striving hard for the welfare and betterment of the players and that is why it is seriously working on the plan of providing jobs to talented hockey players.
“One of the main cause of decline in the overall standard of hockey in the country is as most of the hockey players are jobless despite being part of national senior and junior teams,” he said adding “PHF knowing this sour reality has come forward to utilize its influence in a common cause of provision of jobs to hockey players so that they should fully concentrate on achieving excellence in their hockey career.”
In this regard, the jobless players, who fall in the age bracket of 18-27 and have attended some national camp, senior or junior, have already been asked to submit their applications to the PHF, he asserted.
The federation plans to present the complete bio data of the interested players to the departments.
In its new directive, the PHF has asked the desirous players to send their application to them no later than October 20.
Sultan of Johor Cup National hockey camp in full swing
The training camp of Pakistan Under-21 hockey probables for the Sultan of Johor Cup in the Malaysian City of Johor Baru to be played from Oct 31 to Nov 6 has been in progress in Johar Town Hockey Stadium Lahore under the supervision of the head coach Olympian Tahir Zaman.
Talking to APP, Olympian Tahir Zaman said that they have selected 35 boys who are currently undergoing rigorous training since September 22.
He disclosed that for the final phase of the camp, it has been decided to reduce the number of trainees to 26. He said the decision in this connection would be made by national chief selection Olympian Abdul Rasheed Junior.
The camp for the 26 short-listed probable would restart from Oct 14 soon after trials matches against the senior team, Tahir Zaman added. Prior to the camp, these short listed 26 boys will be considered for the three matches series between the national junior probables against the national senior probables. These matches are to be played from October 8-10 in Lahore.
Names of the short-listed probables are as under: – Goalkeepers: Ali Raza, Talal Khalid and Muneeb-ur-Rehman. Full backs: Atif Mushtaq, Hussain Anwar, Mubashar Ali and Zahidullah.
The half-back comprising Abu Bakar Mahmood, Faizan, Junaid Kamal, M.Usman, Tazeemul Hasan, M.Adnan & Ammad Shakeel Butt while the forwards including Shan Irshad, Azfar Yaqoob, M.Dilber, M.Atiq, Bilal Qadir, Mohsin Sabir, Rana Sohail Riaz, Samiullah, M.Rizwan, M.Naveed, Fahadullah Khan and Umar Hamdi.—APP

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