Pakistan take on Spain in hockey opener
Pakistan during a training session. -Photo by AFP
KARACHI: Pakistan opened their hockey campaign at the London Olympics against Spain and the match was goalless at half-time.
Pakistan’s former captain Salman Akbar previews the match here.
In the build-up to the Olympics, Pakistan lost their warm-up matches to Belgium (2-0) and to Netherlands (5-1).
However, coach Khawaja Junaid claimed the team had learnt from their mistakes during the warm-up matches, adding the boys were fit and gradually coming in the right shape for the Olympics.
“A good start against Spain will be a big boost for the boys. We will try to go all out to win this opening match,” Junaid said.
Imran Shah, Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Abbas (captain), Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Rizwan Jr, Fareed Ahmed, Rashid Mahmood, Mohammad Tousiq, Waseem Ahmed, Mohammad Waqas (vice-captain), Shafqat Rasool, Abdul Haseem Khan, Mohammad Rizwan Senior, Mohammad Umar Bhutta, Shakeel Abbasi, Rehan Butt.
Umpire: Simon Taylor