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AHF Women Hockey Cup: Pakistan decimate Cambodia 11-0

AHF Women Hockey Cup: Pakistan decimate Cambodia 11-0

KARACHI: 

Five goals by Mayira Sabir guided Pakistan women’s hockey team to a lopsided 11-0 victory over Cambodia in their second fixture of the 4th Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Women Hockey Cup yesterday in Bangkok, Thailand.

After looking rusty and settling for a share of the spoils in the 1-1 draw with Hong Kong in the opening fixture, the 55th-ranked Pakistan came out firing on all cylinders against the Cambodian minnows and were 1-0 up in the eighth minute when Ishrat Abbas converted a penalty corner.

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Three minutes later, Afshan Noureen doubled her team’s lead before Hina Pervaiz’s 18th-minute strike tripled their advantage, whereas captain Hina Kanwal got her name on the scoresheet in the 25th minute.

Mayira scored first of her five goals in the 33rd minute and Ishrat netted her second in the final minute of the first half as Pakistan headed into the interval with a comfortable 6-0 lead.

The second half was all about the in-form Mayira who ran circles around the Cambodian defence and struck in the 44th, 52nd, 53rd and 69th minutes. Also among the scorers was Kulsoom Shahzadi whose solitary strike came in the 59th minute.

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“This was a much needed victory to boost the confidence of our players before upcoming tough matches. Although Cambodia are not an experienced team, our girls are playing international hockey after three years so this was a job well done,” head coach Muhammad Usman toldThe Express Tribune

“The Cambodian team did make some attacks but our defence was strong enough to block them off before they got a sniff of the goal. We also saw three penalty corner converted which is a good sign,” he said, adding that the  team has two days before the next match against Singapore, allowing them to spend some additional time in training and hone their skills.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 4th, 2016.

Aston Villa sack coach Di Matteo

Aston Villa sack coach Di Matteo

Aston Villa sack coach Di Matteo

LONDON: 

Roberto Di Matteo was sacked by Aston Villa on Monday after just 12 matches in charge of the troubled Championship club.

Di Matteo was hired by Villa’s new Chinese owner Tony Xia in June and the former Chelsea boss was expected to lead his side into the Premier League.

Villa are playing in the second tier for the first time since 1988 following last season’s relegation, but they have struggled to show any improvement under Di Matteo despite splashing out on several expensive new signings.

Saturday’s woeful 2-0 defeat at Preston, which ended with Villa booed off by their furious fans, proved the final straw and 48 hours later the Italian’s 124-day reign was over.

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“Aston Villa Football Club has today parted company with manager Roberto Di Matteo,” a statement read.

“The club decided to act following a run of disappointing results which has left the team occupying 19th position in the Championship.

“The club would like to place on record its appreciation to Roberto for all his efforts in helping rebuild the squad and wish him well for the future.”

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Di Matteo won only one of his 11 Championship fixtures, while also crashing out of the League Cup against fourth tier Luton.

The 46-year-old leaves with Villa languishing just two points above the relegation zone in 19th place after a nine-match winless run.

Steve Clarke will take over as Villa’s caretaker manager while the club begin their search for a replacement during the international break.

Former Hull boss Steve Bruce, Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy and Brentford chief Dean Smith are among the early contenders to succeed Di Matteo.

source Tribune

Alex Pietrangelo focused on training for World Cup

Alex Pietrangelo focused on training for World Cup

After busy summer, Blues captain turns attention to helping Team Canada.

It has been an eventful summer for St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo.

Pietrangelo already knew he’d be a member of Team Canada for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, which starts Sept. 17, but from getting married to his fiancée, Jayne, in July, to building a second house in his hometown of King City, Ontario, to go with his home in St. Louis, to being named the 21st captain in Blues history on Thursday, Pietrangelo has had a full plate.

He hasn’t allowed all the good things in his life to stop his training for the World Cup.

The majority of the players on Team Canada, one of the favorites to win the World Cup, were members of the Canada roster that won the gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

“It’s been a busy summer, getting married and all that. I had to flip the switch pretty quick,” Pietrangelo said. “It’s a little different having to play a month earlier than normal, but definitely excited to start the season. It’s certainly going to be a fun tournament.

“For me, I’ve played with a lot of these guys at the Olympics so to be able to reunite with most of them and have the opportunity to do something special again as a group, that’s a good feeling and it’s going to be some of the best hockey I’ve ever been a part of. I’m lucky and privileged to be named to that team.”

Pietrangelo will be joined on Team Canada’s roster at the World Cup by Blues teammate Jay Bouwmeester, a late replacement for injured defenseman Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Team Canada opens its training camp Sept. 5 in Ottawa.

The Blues ended last season with a six-game loss to the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Final. With Pietrangelo and St. Louis hoping for another long playoff run this season, he has given a lot of thought to how much to train and when to scale back.

First Ever Hockey League of Pakistan

Pakistan Hockey federation has finalized to organize the first ever Professional hockey league of Pakistan.
The country which has gained a lot of success in this Sport and dominated for a long time.The four-time world champions are nowadays having their worst time in at the world level.
After not been able to qualify for the world cup for the first time, Green shirts did not qualify for the upcoming Olympics.
Due to the following reasons.Poor conditions of security in the country, financial problems, poor infrastructure, hockey federation find it difficult to find new talent in the country.
After the successful first edition of Pakistan super league despite all these challenges Hockey federation also decides to organize a hockey league in which top players from all over the world will participate.PAF have announced to organize the league in the month of October-November to overcome the financial problems which our players are facing.
Because of security issues in the country the venue of League has not been finalized yet.The players draft system will be just like the Pakistan super league, the players will be divided into diamond category,Platinum category, gold, and silver category.
Every team will have 5 to 6 overseas players.To make the event successful emerging category will also be included in which boys will get $5000 each.

Masroor Hockey Series

Masroor Hockey Series

 

This series is organized by MKA Muqami Rabwah and it will start on 30 January 2016 and will end on 1 February 2016. 4 teams are participating in the series. The teams are:

  1. Team Noor
  2. Team Mahmood
  3. Team Nasir
  4. Team Tahir

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According to MKA Muqami the aim is to bring sportsmanship between the players and to bring awareness between the players that how to play in team or in other words the players will know what is team work. We wish good luck to all the teams.