Pakistan on Monday booked a spot in the semi-final of the ongoing Junior Hockey Asia Cup 2023 while also qualifying for this year’s Junior World Cup in Malaysia.
Pakistan defeated Japan 3-2 during their last pool match in Oman.
For Pakistan, Abdul Wahab scored two goals and Arbaaz Ahmed scored one goal in the match played in Salalah.
However, for Japan in the second minute of the game, Kompi Yoshida gave his team the lead on a penalty corner.
Pakistan's Arbaaz equalised the match by scoring on a penalty corner in the 23rd minute. In the 30th minute, Abdul Wahab scored a field goal to give Pakistan the lead, but in the 38th minute, Japan's Hota Yamada equalised the match once again.
In the semi-final, Pakistan will face Malaysia on May 31.
Pakistan only needed to avoid defeat in their final pool match against Japan in order to qualify for the World Cup after their match against India ended with a draw.
It must be noted that Malaysia, as hosts, have already qualified for the World Cup.
Since they have also qualified for the semi-finals of the Junior Asia Cup, this meant that all the other three teams making it to the last four will gain entry into the World Cup as well.
The FIH Junior Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 will be played in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from December 5-16, 2023.
Earlier, Pakistan registered their second win of the Junior Hockey Asia Cup 2023 as Abdul Rehman’s five goals helped Green Shirts outclass Thailand by 9-0 in a one-sided encounter on Wednesday.
Pakistan had won their first match against Chinese Taipei 15-1 on Tuesday.
The event will conclude with the final on June 1.