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Foreigners will be triumph cards, believe coaches

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 27 October, 2022 12:00 AM
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Foreigners will be triumph cards, believe coaches

The country’s first franchise hockey league ‘Hockey Champions Trophy Bangladesh 2022’ will commence tomorrow at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium in the capital. Six participating teams have already completed their preparations and now ready to show their strength on the pitch.

A total of 84 local players and 24 foreigners are participating in this competition, but the coaches of these participating teams have been mostly relying on the foreigners.  

Walton Dhaka’s local coach Zahid Hossain Raju strongly believes the foreign players could increase winning chances for the teams.

“Every team is equal in terms of strength, so each of them will have equal opportunity. In this case, foreign players can be the triumph cards. If they perform well, the teams will get extra advantage,” Zahid told The Daily Sun on Wednesday.

Metro Express Barishal’s coach Moudur Rahman Suvo also emphasised on the foreign players’ performances. 

“Actually, all teams possessed equal strength. Whoever is able to perform on the pitch, will taste victory. Our local players are at the same level, so we have to keep an eye on foreigners,” Moudur said.

Rupayan Group Comilla’s coach Moshiur Rahman Biplob said that they changed their game plan and strategy as their best choice Indian hockey player Jagjit Singh won’t take part due to having injury.

 “We have several good players, but Jagjit has been our best choice. Unfortunately, he won't be able to play this time due to injury. So we finally rope in Malaysian player Mohammad Izad Hakimi. He is not like Jagjit. Hopefully, he can cope up with the team soon,” Moshiur said.

Besides, some coaches are thinking differently. Saif Power Group Khulna’s coach Ashikur Zaman feels that the foreigners aren’t able to bring expected results without the support from the local players.

“Local players are my triumph cards. Without their support, foreigners will not bring the results. Also, I believe goalkeepers play a vital role in hockey. If they perform well, the team will do well,” Ashikur said.

The teams have started their preparation at the middle of this month. Metro Express, Rupayan and Walton run their camps at BKSP while the rest of the three teams Saif, Monarch and ACME did their sessions at Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium.

ACME Chattogram’s coach Hedayet Islam Khan Razib complained that they hadn’t get enough time to take preparations.

“We are satisfied with the players, but we didn't get enough time to make preparations. Also, our foreign players didn't arrive here on time. However, the team are in shape. Let's see,” Hedayet said.

Monarch Padma’s coach Shahidulla Titu said that they were not fully satisfied with their preparations.

“It was a very short time. We are not fully satisfied with the preparations, but thankfully we have had all of the 18 players in the camp. We must rely on foreigners. If they do well, we will reach the final,” Shahidulla said.