PHF made Pakistan club-level team: Samiullah

KARACHI: Former captain Samiullah Khan was disappointed for another embarrassing show by Pakistani team in the 4-nation 9-A-Side Hockey Tournament in Perth (Australia).

“PHF had made Pakistan a-club-level team with personal egos and poor administration,” Olympic star forward Samiullah told APP in an interview in the wake of Muhammad Imran’s team finishing fourth and last in Perth.

“Current PHF hierarchy has done irreparable damage to Pakistan hockey which will take years to recover,” he stressed.

He said after failing to qualify for next year’s Hockey World Cup in Hague (Netherlands) for the first time in 42-years, if the present PHF set-up was not sacked, the day npt very far when Pakistan will be a featuring in the qualifying rounds for Asian Games and Asia Cup.

“I really feel sorry for the state of affairs of national hockey as its repeated failures despite tall claims by the federation officials,” he said.

“Our Hockey is passing through a poorest phase in history and if urgent steps are not taken, Pakistan may also be out of the Asian Games as well,” he said.

“Pakistan hockey suffered blow after blow and humiliation due to wrangling and infighting and dirty politics in Pakistan sports,” he commented.

He said Pakistan hockey suffered highly and was at it lowest ebb despite receiving huge grant from Pakistan government.

He called for immediate removal of PHF officials and introducing of ad-hoc body to take charge of PHF.

Samiullah said if Prime Minister can appoint an ad-hoc body in Pakistan Cricket Board why it can not be done in Pakistan Hockey Federation.

He said elections of PHF should be held under a neutral set-up by sacking all the current office bearers.

“After Asif Bajwa, the rest of PHF should show grace by resigning from their respective positions,” former legendary left winger said.

He demanded immediate steps should be taken by the Patron-in-Chief of PHF to put the national game on the right track for revival of the game in coming years.