Four players of Dar Hockey Academy part of Pak U-18 team

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LAHORE, Sept 23 (APP): Dar Hockey Academy has been the biggest source of talent for Pakistan at all the tiers and the Pakistan U-18 team which recently won the series against Oman had as many as four academy players including Goal keeper Waqar Younis, mid fielder Adeel Latif, and forwards Ali Aziz and Awais Arshad.

Dar Hockey Academy’s founder president, Olympic gold medallist Taqueer Dar, told APP here on Friday that he is feeling proud that Dar Hockey Academy is producing good players who become part of the National team on regular basis in the past many years.

Remarkably, all four of them distinguished themselves during the series. Goal keeping has been Pakistan’s weakest link for quite some time. The tall Waqar Younis was the first choice net minder during the series. He gave an impressive display under the bar and appears to have suitable temperament and technique to go places.

Adeel Latif, who played at centre half, showed exceptional skills. So many times, his defence splitting runs created chances for his team and many were availed. His passing was visionary and he also netted a goal. Adeel was also very sound in the defence- complete package.

The tall and handsome forward Ali Aziz possesses sublime skills and his stick work was a joy to watch. He also scored two wonderful opportunistic goals; at right place at the right time.

The above mentioned three players have made tours of major European hockey countries, Netherlands, Germany and Belgium with the Dar Academy teams over last few years where they gained valuable experience playing against various teams in these countries.

Awais Arshad, a relatively newcomer in the Dar HA, won the national selection in a very short time. The small forward is full of potential.