LAHORE, Sept 6 (APP): Dar Hockey Academy’s four colts have been named in the recently announced Pakistan under 18 team for the 4th Junior Asia Cup scheduled in Dhaka, Bangladesh from September 24-30.
The selected boys are Waqar Younis (goal keeper), Ali Aziz, Adeel Latif & Awais Arshad in addition, two more, Awais Rasheed (goal keeper) and Zulqarnain are among the standbys for the above tournament.
Four of these six players toured with the Dar HA Colts’ team which toured Netherlands last year, said a spokesman of Pakistan hockey federation here on Tuesday.
Dar academy is functioning on the outer ground of the national hockeystadium under the able former hockey Olympian, Taquir Dar, son of hockey legend, Munir Ahmad
Dar HA played nine matches against various Dutch sides, both senior and age group. That experience helped a lot in the grooming of these boys.
Goal Keeping has been Pakistan hockey’s sore point in recent times at all levels. Dar HA’s custodian Waqar Younis is in the 18 member squad while Awais Rasheed is a standby.
For this, credit goes to Dar Academy’s goal keeping coach Waqas Butt who has put in a lot of effort in the training of the net minders.
Talking to APP Taquir Dar termed the inclusion of his academy’s four players in Pak junior team, a reward of hard work and commitment “ shown by him and the allied staff of the academy.
“It is a big honour for me and for my academy”, he said adding “The selection of our players in the national team will serve as an inspiration to put in more solid efforts to produce more players for our national junior strings in due course of time.”
He wished the selected players best of luck and urged them to underline their talent by rising to the occasion while representing Pakistan in and out the country.