Gojra and Sialkot have moved to the final of the 2nd PHF Inter Academy Hockey Tournament being played here at Sialkot Hockey Stadium. The final between the two top academy teams of the country will be played today at the same venue while Lahore will take on Bahawalpur in a classification encounter before the final. In the semi-finals, Gojra beat Bahawalpur while Sialkot moved past Lahore. Gojra had a one goal win over Bahawalpur and that golden goal of the match was scored by Gojra’s Mubashar in the 44th minute on a penalty corner. In the second semi-final, Sialkot left Lahore speechless with 4-1 margin win. They also dominated the first half and allowed just one goal opening to Lahore in the second session. Sialkot got its goals through Hammad Zafar in the ver first minute, that was doubled by Nohaiz Zahid in the 11th minute. Amir Sohail it the third goal in the 38th minute and them Muhammad Ali scored on a penalty corner in the 58th minute (PC). Lahore scored through Awais-ur-Rehman in the 45th minute. Chaudhry Arshad Warraich was the Chief Guest while Khawar Anwar Khawaja, President District Hockey Association, Organising Secretary Ajmal Khan Lodhi (Assistant Coach Pakistan Hockey Team, Tournament Director Amir Shafique and officials of DHA Sialkot were also present on the occasion. Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Member National Assembly of Pakistan will be the chief guest of the final.
I read a column on the letter written by the greats of hockey in the Dawn newspaper. I felt so small in my ownself when I read about the PHF officials who are themseleves no stardom players in their careers and are bound to look the ex-olympians look so bad and players like Sami bahi, Islah bahi, Shahnaz bahi, Akhtar bahi and others. PHF senseless goons should be sacked right away by PM Gilani sahib and the PHF should work under Adhoc system. Team should be given to Shahnaz and Manzoor Jr. to train for Olympics if we really want to compete, otherwise it could be another performance of tournaments like, Commonwealth games or World cup or recently concluded Champions Trophy. Please sack the current PHF. Thank you.
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