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ISLAMABAD, Oct 7 (APP): Pakistan Hockey Federation’s (PHF) efforts to solve financial problems of hockey players have yielded results as more than 70 players are going to get jobs in different departments.

“This will be a tremendous boost for our hockey. The players will now be able to fully concentrate on their game,”

Secretary PHF Shahbaz Ahemd Senior told APP on Friday.

“Soon after assuming the charge we initiated a comprehensive plan for revival of national game. Ensuring job for players is a part of our plan. We’ve got success as initially four departments have agreed to provide employment to promising players.

“The credit for that goes to PHF President Brig. (Retd) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar, who himself has been contacting departments to secure future of hockey players through jobs,” he added.

Shahbaz informed that so far four departments – Fauji Foundation, Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd. (ZTBL) and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) had agreed to provide employment to players.

“Each department will provide job to 18-19 players. We are thankful to them for contributing in the rebuilding process of national game,” he said.

He said jobless players, who fell in the age bracket of 18-27 and had attended some national camps at the senior or junior level, had been asked to submit their applications to the PHF. All these players would get handsome salaries, whereas those who had represented the country at the international level would get even higher packages.

“The federation will present complete bio data of interested players to the departments. We’ve asked the desirous players to send their applications before October 20, so that we can forward their case to the departments concerned in time,” Shahbaz added.