Pakistan continue brilliant run in Asia Hockey5s World Cup Qualifier

The Men in Green have not yet lost a game in the tournament

By Web Desk
August 31, 2023
Pakistan have scored 54 goals in four games in the tournament — AHF

Pakistan hockey team defeated Oman 9-4 in their fourth match in the ongoing Asia Hockey5s World Cup Qualifiers on Thursday, in Salalah, Oman.

This was Pakistan’s fourth consecutive win in the tournament and they sit on top of the table with 12 points and 54 goals scored.

Rana Abdul Waheed scored four goals for the winning side taking his tournament goal tally to 18.

Arshad Liaquat scored twice while Mohammad Abdullah and Zikriya Hayat scored one goal each.

Team Green will now face Malaysia in their last group-stage match tonight.

Earlier on Wednesday (August 30), Pakistan defeated arch-rivals India and Bangladesh 5-4 and 15-6 respectively and continued their impeccable form.

The Pakistan squad is accompanied by head coach Olympian Wasim Feroze and manager Major Muhammad Shahnawaz Khan.

India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Japan, Oman and Bangladesh are placed in the Elite pool. Hong Kong China, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Iran will compete in the Challenger pool.

After the teams complete their pool matches, the first crossover matches will be played amongst the bottom two teams of the elite pool and the top two teams in the challenger pool. The winners of these two contests will play in the second phase of crossover matches, against the teams in third and fourth place of the elite pool.

Finally, the two top finishers of the elite pool will take on the winners of the second crossovers in the semi-finals. The losing semi-finalists will play in the bronze medal match, where the winner, along with the two finalists will qualify for the inaugural FIH Hockey5s World Cup Oman 2024.

Pakistan squad

Abdullah Ishtiaq Khan, Ali Raza, Muhammad Abdullah, Ehtsham Aslam, Muhammad Murtaza Yaqoob, Arshad Liaquat, Zakriya Hayat, Rana Abdul Waheed Ashraf, Abdul Rehman, and Abdul Wahab.