Hockey; We will make quarterfinals

Contrary to the target set by the national body and the highly acclaimed coach of the National Hockey Team, I believe that the team has the ability, experience and expertise to defy odds and make it to the last eight of the World Cup.

This confidence is not based on emotions, pure facts and based on a study and observation of the national team over the past few decades.

The very fact that we are claiming that finishing amongst the top 3 in Group D is just an excuse to defy logical reasons on the ability of the players and coaching set up.

Now let’s look at the bare facts.

1. We have a very experienced team, with some players having represented the nation in the 2010 Silver Medal win in the Asian Games.

2. We have in our squad players as young as 22 that have amassed a total of 60 over international caps meaning we are not short of experience or exposure to international Hockey.

3. We have the best three hickey brains in the coaching/ technical set up – Roelant Oltmans, Terry Walsh and Stephen van Huizen. To assemble such creditable individuals is already a great success and the envy of many,

4. We have one of the best, if not the best incentive schemes and monthly allowance or remuneration for players in the world

5. Our opponents , Holland, Germany and Pakistan have been beaten before and no reason why we cannot do it again.

6. When we defeated Holland in the 1996 Azlan Shah Cup, our opponents were coached by Oltmans. In 2000 Sydney Olympics. Holland struggled to a 0-0 draw against us.

7. We have beaten Pakistan numerous tines and even Germany for that matter. We do not have a psychological barrier against these two teams.

8. Germany are an “ aged” team, though technically superior, they may be physically slow and not be able to sustain a high paced match,

9. And if we finish second or third and meet India for a place in the last eight, we have a psychological advantage and also factually india has a Ying team with most players from their 2016 Junior World Cup squad whereas we have players from our 4th planned 2013 Junior World Cup squad.

19. Lastly we have the most Budget for a National hockey Team compared to any other top Hockey playing nations, we are undoubtedly an envy of many countries in terms of money spent for training and exposure.

So basically aiming for a ss Kbs round qualification does not make sense as we have everything going for us.

After all it has been said that our rankings will be top 8 to 10 by end of this year and realistically we can achieve that with a place in the quarterfinals.

So my money is on Malaysia to make the top eight and qualify in merit via a top place finish from the group stage.

Do not believe me, oh well, that’s entirely up to you as we have left no stone upturned, with us having the “ best” league and domestic competitions in the world.

So I see no reason to underestimate that ability of the players by setting a low target.

Go get them boys!