PHF fires coach, manager in host of changes post disastrous show


The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) on Thursday appointed a new management for the senior national side following the team’s dismal show at the World Hockey League Semi-Finals last month.

PHF president Brig (Retd) Muhammad Khalid S Khokhar announced Farhat Hassan Khan as the new Head Coach replacing Khawaja Junaid and Mohammad Shafqat was appointed as the new team manager in place of Mohammad Rafiq.

Assistant coach Mohammad Sarwat, however, has managed to avoid the axe and the changes will stay in effect till 2018

Khokar also appointed a new selection committee lead by former Olympian Hassan Sardar teaming up with Ayaz Mehmood and Syed Mussadiq Hussain.

The new committee will replace Abdul Rasheed Junior, Farhat Hassan Khan, Waseem Feroz and Qasim Khan.

Pakistan managed to finish seventh in the World Hockey League Semi-finals winning just one game, that too against a weak Scotland side.

The four-time World champions, however, despite the disastrous show, managed to qualify for next year’s World Cup.

The sacked management was appointed after the team’s poor performance in the Champions Trophy last year.