Pakistan secured third place in the U-18 Hockey Asia Cup in Bangladesh by defeating Chinese Taipei with a huge margin of 18-0.
Pakistan U-18 team was absolutely merciless in Maulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium, Dhaka, where they netted the ball 10 times in the first half and did not back off in the second half as they struck 8 more goals in that.
Pakistan lost the semi final against the arch-rivals, India by a margin of 3-1. The Men in Green were dominated throughout the game by the Men in Blue.
Kamran Ashraf, the manager-cum coach of the team, expressed his disappointment to Express Tribune, “I’m glad we’ve secured third place, but at the same time we lost the chance to become the continental champions.”
“The main match of the tournament was the one against India; we should have won that,” he added.
Still, he is positive that the team got international exposure, which was the core objective of the recently concluded tournament.
“They have the ability to defeat India and Bangladesh but they were just not able to handle the pressure,” explained Ashraf. “This tournament has been a learning curve for the youngsters as they now know what it’s like to be under pressure.”