KARACHI: Pakistan hockey team has been issued South Africa visas with the support of Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
The visas of players and officials were delayed due to technical issues. In this regard, Sindh's provincial minister Nasir Hussain Shah talked to FM Bilawal who insured timely visas for the national team.
Pakistan team is scheduled to participate in Nations Cup in South Africa. The team is expected to depart for the event tonight.
After the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) and Pakistan Sports Board (PSB)'s assurance, funds issues were resolved. The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has received funds as per sources.
Earlier in the day, PHF's secretary Haider Hussain lamented the lack of government support.
“It [hockey] only needs a bit of time. I have told the Pakistani government to just give us one and a half years and we will get stable and emerge as a big product. We have also asked to meet him [Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif] so that we can tell him future plans for hockey,” said Hussain.
"Our team did not slide down from 10 to 18 in rankings by playing a game, it happened because we didn't play the Hockey Pro League," he added.