‘No proper facilities for players due to lack of funds’ Ayaz Mahmood


The associate secretary of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Ayaz Mahmood said that they are helpless to provide proper facilities to the players due to lack of funds.

Mahmood while talking to the media said that more than 50 players resided in just four rooms during training camp ahead of Pro Hockey League.

“We don’t have enough funds to facilitate players in a proper way,” he said.

It is pertinent to mention here that ARY News on late Sunday reported that the PHF failed to arrange a guest house or a proper place for team players and they were forced to spend the night in the dressing room.

Junior players are going through a training camp ahead of the FIH Pro Hockey League where Pakistan are to play their first match against Argentina on February 2.

However, former Olympian thinks that investing money in domestic infrastructure is more important than participating in Pro Hockey league.

“The team is not prepared and will face defeats in Pro Hockey League so it is better to utilize funds in the development of sports infrastructure,” said Mahmood.

He stressed upon the need to work hard for the betterment of players’ techniques and fitness which is important in modern day hockey.

“There is a strong need to work on players’ fitness and playing techniques,” he stated.

A senior player of the team also accused the PHF of providing such facilities during their international tours in past.

“This is not the first time as we have faced such attitude many times in past,” he said.