In a bid for better preparation for the Champions Trophy commencing from next month in the Netherlands, Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has taken dedicated coaches for penalty corner and goalkeeping on board.
Pakistan’s head coach Roelant Oltmans stated that they are hoping to put up an impressive show in the tournament where they will compete against the top teams of the world and the appointment of these specialist coaches will help the cause.
Netherlands’ Former penalty corner specialist Bram Lomans and goalkeeper coach Dennis Federpaug have joined the team and will be with them till World Cup.
“We are preparing for the Champions Trophy right now but our goal is Asian Games and then the World Cup,” Roelant Oltmans told Express Tribune.
“We saw in the last international tournament that we played with a dynamic attacking style and created a number of opportunities, but were not able to convert the penalty corners into goals,” he added.
The head coach believes that the hiring of new coaches will make the team stronger.
“We have to improve our conversion rate and for that, the coaches have been hired who will make this team stronger,” he went on to say.
The head coach is confident regarding players’ physical and mental fitness and feels that the team can give tough competition to any opponent.
“The players become strong during the training camp in Abbottabad and I am glad that they have come here after resting but their fitness level was the same. They are now stronger physically and mentally and we are confident that they will give tough time to the teams,” he said.
Moreover, he is eying for an impressive show during the tournament and not focusing only on the contest against arch-rivals India.
“India is not the only team in Champions Trophy. We have four other teams too. No doubt the fans in Pakistan will cheer us if we beat India, but we will give our all against other teams as well,” he further stated.