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News for 20 February 2022

All the news for Sunday 20 February 2022

2021-22 FIH Pro League - 20 February


Cenard, Buenos Aires
All times GMT -3

19 Feb 2022 16:30     ARG v ENG (RR)     2 - 0
20 Feb 2022 16:30     ARG v ENG (RR)    

Potchefstroom, Universtity of North West
Alltimes GMT +2

19 Feb 2022 20:00     FRA v GER (RR)     2 - 4
20 Feb 2022 20:00     RSA v FRA (RR)    
21 Feb 2022 20:00     RSA v GER (RR)    

Men's Pool Standings

Rank Team Played Wins SO Win Draws SO Loss Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Netherlands 6 4 2 0 0 0 28 9 19 16
2 Belgium 6 3 0 0 1 2 17 10 7 10
3 India 4 3 0 0 0 1 27 9 18 9
4 Germany 5 3 0 0 0 2 17 16 1 9
5 France 7 2 0 0 1 4 16 22 -6 7
6 England 3 2 0 0 0 1 9 5 4 6
7 Argentina 3 2 0 0 0 1 4 3 1 6
8 Spain 2 0 0 0 0 2 3 9 -6 0
9 South Africa 6 0 0 0 0 6 9 47 -38 0


Cenard, Buenos Aires
All times GMT -3

19 Feb 2022 19:00     ARG v ENG (RR)     5 - 2
20 Feb 2022 19:00     ARG v ENG (RR)    

Women's Pool Standings

Rank Team Played Wins SO Win Draws SO Loss Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Netherlands 4 3 1 0 0 0 8 3 5 11
2 Argentina 3 3 0 0 0 0 11 4 7 9
3 India 2 2 0 0 0 0 9 2 7 6
4 Belgium 6 2 0 0 0 4 7 12 -5 6
5 Spain 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1
6 United States 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 England 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 -3 0
8 Germany 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 -3 0
9 China 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 9 -7 0

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FIH Match Centre

Argentina entertains packed stands with wins over England, Germany men fend off France

Four second half goals by four different scorers propelled the Germany men 4-2 over France in Potchestfstroom, South Africa. France scored two late goals to get within one but in pulling their goalkeeper conceded a late goal in what was their seventh game in 12 days. Goal scorer and Germany forward Thies Prinz was named Player of the Match.

Argentina women beat England 5-2 to lead Hockey Pro League

By Ali Iveson

Agustina Gorzelany scored twice in Argentina 5-2 win over England ©Getty Images

Argentina thumped England 5-2 to remain top of the women's Hockey Pro League standings, while the men's side also beat the same opposition in Buenos Aires.

Argentina Inflict First FIH Hockey Pro League Defeat On England

England’s men suffered their first defeat in the FIH Hockey Pro League as Argentina emerged victorious in the first double-header in Buenos Aires.

Five-Star Argentina Beat England's Women

England’s women suffered a defeat in their opening FIH Hockey Pro League game against a superior Argentina.

New faces for England as Argentina take opening Hockey Pro League double header

Argentina won opening matches in Buenos Aires PIC: Argentina Hockey

England’s men and women both suffered defeats against Argentina in Buenos Aires in their first FIH Pro League double header of the weekend.

England men & women lose to Argentina

Defeat means England are now level on points with Argentina in the table

England's men and women lost to Argentina in the FIH Hockey Pro League in Buenos Aires.

Kenya women’s hockey team books a slot at C'Wealth Games in UK

Kenya team warm-up before action against Uganda at Sikh Union, Parklands during an Africa Cup of Nations Test match. ON March 18, 2021. [Jenipher Wachie, Standard]

The national women’s hockey team has qualified for the 2022 Commonwealth Games slated for July 28-August 8 in Birmingham, England.

Kenya women’s hockey team ‘won’t just make up the numbers’

By Agnes Makhandia

Kenya’s national women’s hockey coach Jacqueline Mwangi wants the team’s presence felt during their maiden appearance at the Commonwealth Games in July.

Tough day for Clydesdale in Alanya meanwhile the Scottish Premiership restarts

It was a good day at the office yesterday for Clydesdale with two victories, but today was challenging with back to back defeats to the Turkish and Czech champions.

Surbiton Strengthen Grip On Top 6 As Beeston Stage Comeback To Stun Clifton

Beeston celebrate scoring in their comeback win over Clifton Robinsons. Photo credit: Peter Smith (@smifsports)

Surbiton strengthened their position in the ‘Top 6’ of the Vitality Women’s Premier Division as they ended Wimbledon’s winning streak and claimed derby bragging rights with a 1-0 win.

Negri make flying start in women's MHL

By Jugjet Singh

-Pic credit to Facebook MHC

KUALA LUMPUR: Newcomers Negri Sembilan whipped Mutiara Impian 8-0 to signal their intentions in the women's Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) today.

Harmanpreet Singh: lockdown difficulties prepared us for Olympic challenges

Star defender and drag flicker Harmanpreet Singh has been a central figure in the resurgence of the Indian men’s hockey team in recent years.

Shilanand Lakra: Exuding Oodles of Talent

He may be one of the youngest legs in the Indian forwardline but make no mistake, Shilanand Lakra has been able to make a big impression on the international stage, if his performances in the Asian Champions Trophy and Pro Hockey League are anything to go by. The 22-year-old Odisha lad showed his goal-creating skills at the Asian Champions Trophy at Dhaka, where he was provided with game time and replicate another solid performance in the Pro Hockey League, where he scored a superb goal in his second leg tie against South Africa and later capped off a brace to announce his presence in the Indian forwardline.

Failed Secretary PHF Maligning A Legend

By Ijaz Chaudhry

No need to tell Pakistan hockey has gone to the dogs. The record four-time world champions are currently ranked 18th in the world. Three-time Olympic gold medalists failed to qualify for the last two Olympics.

Every Pakistani is rightly perturbed. Hockey is Pakistan`s national game. The country`s Prime Minister is ex officio the Patron in Chief of Pakistan Hockey Federation. Imran Khan, a world-class cricketer, was also a keen hockey player.

Hockey lovers had great expectations from him. During the election campaign, Imran had promised to put sports, especially the disciplines which brought glories to the country, on the right track. Unfortunately, he has not taken any step to resurrect hockey. Rather, the decline has continued during the last three years, and Pakistan hockey is at the lowest ebb.

Those who contributed to the golden glories of the past feel the pain more. Many stalwarts, particularly those who were part of the title-winning sides, have been raising their voice to bring the attention of the government to the poor state of the national game. The biggest gathering was seen at the Lahore Press Club in April 2019. No less than 10 hockey greats, all Olympic or World Cup medalists, spoke about the failures and corruption of the PHF.     
The PHF immediately sprang into action and tried to lure the dissenting former players. A few succumbed to temptations. Notably, Manzoor Jr, who became the chief selector, and Khawaja Junaid, who took the position of the head coach.

Many didn`t budge. The most active and vociferous against the PHF is legendary Rasheedul Hassan. One of the few hockey players in the world to have won every title tournament gold medal: Olympics, World Cup, Asian Games, Asia Cup, and even Junior World Cup. Raheed has repeatedly spoken to the media, met Dr Fahmida Mirza (the concerned minister) and even wrote to the Prime Minister about Pakistan hockey.

To stifle this opposing voice, the PHF Secretary Asif Bajwa has recently come out with a ludicrous action. He stated that the PHF has banned Rasheedul Hassan for 10 years for using abusive language against the Prime Minister. The statement further said that two notices were sent to Rasheedul Hassan, to which he did not respond.                                                                                                                                                         
Rasheed al-Hassan retorted that he did not criticize the Prime Minister at any event, social media, or television channel. In the WhatsApp group, friends talk openly. According to him, in the WhatsApp group, he had said that Imran Khan stood on the container and talked about the improvement in sports, especially hockey. But the Prime Minister has failed to fulfill his promise. Rasheed added"In the first place, the PHF has no authority to send me such notice as I have never held any position in the federation. What to talk of any office, I never even had a managerial or coaching assignment."

According to Rasheed, he received the first notice from the PHF some five months ago, “I didn’t reply since it was not sent by either the President or the Secretary of the PHF.” The second explanation notice I received some 45 days ago, sent by the secretary PHF. I simply replied, `the PHF has no authority to ask me for any explanation”. In response to the PHF`s denial about receiving Rasheedul Hassan`s reply, former Pakistan captain showed the copy of the courier company`s receipt telling his reply was received at the PHF HQ in Lahore.”

All said and done, it was a very shameless and irrational effort by the PHF to stifle the voice of a legend whose sincerity towards Pakistan hockey is unquestionable.

Asif Bajwa is the epitome of corruption. Plus Pakistan hockey has witnessed unimaginable disasters during his two tenures as the Secretary PHF.

AsifBajwa’s Previous Tenure as Secretary PHF

Asif Bajwa, the incumbent secretary-general of the PHF, had already held this office from 2008-2013. Khawaja Asif, the PMLN federal minister of the time, was instrumental in bringing Bajwa to the post.

ajwa left the office amid serious charges against him regarding misuse of funds as well as human smuggling. These charges are still pending against him. The human smuggling case with FIR No: 1438 against Bajwa was registered by the FIA in Gujranwala.

here is also an audiotape on youtube where in an interview with sports journalist Sardar Khan, Bajwa admitted that Pakistan threw a match against Poland during his tenure. LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0Bd3zP0YQc

In the second audiotape PHF secretary Asif Bajwa made bribe offer to Sports reporter Sardar Khan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd6j56oNWZ4

On the field also, during his tenure, Pakistan suffered humiliations never seen before.

Green shirts finished the last 12th at the 2010 World Cup- their worst ever performance. Bajwa, the sitting secretary-general of PHF, was also the manager of the team.

At the 2012 Olympics, they suffered a 0-7 demolition against Australia, Pakistan’s worst defeat in the Olympics’ history. The worst was still to come. They failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. It was the first time that Pakistan couldn’t even make it to World Cup or Olympics. We all remember the drama staged by the Pakistan team after finishing the last 12th at the 2010 World Cup. The entire squad had announced their international retirement- only to take it back a few days later 'in the larger interest of Pakistan hockey.

Second Tenure

Asif Bajwa’s First Press Conference:

This time, in his first press conference in 2019, Bajwa said, “anyone who doesn’t target Olympics or World Cup has no right to sit in the office. But Bajwa didn’t make a passing reference to Pakistan’s pathetic shows at the World Cup and the Olympics during his previous stint as the Secretary-General. Ironically, in the same presser he boasted about ‘Pakistan’s great achievements` during his previous tenure, “Pakistan won the Asian gold medal in 2010 after 20 years”. Now, the competition in Asia is very little. Even in the four intervening Asian Games between 1990- 2010, Pakistan had reached the semifinal every time. He also lied that Pakistan won the Asian Champions Trophy thrice in that period. They won it only twice. It must be remembered that the Asian Champions Trophy is a minor non-title event. He was also wrong in telling that Pakistan won a silver and bronze at the Champions Trophy. Pakistan won just one bronze (at the 2012 Champions Trophy). Champions Trophy, also a non-title annual tournament, has now been scrapped. These minor successes were no compensation for the colossal unprecedented failures at the World Cup and the Olympics. 

Pakistan`s Performance:
In his present tenure, Pakistan failed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, losing the doubleheader to Holland 5-10 at Amstelveen in November 2019.

 At the Junior World Cup in 2021, Pakistan finished 11th, the country`s worst-ever position in the Junior World Cup. Pertinent to mention that three countries, Australia, England and New Zealand (all ranked among the top eight), had pulled out due to Covid-related issues. Had these three teams played, Pakistan might have appeared in the last position play-off in the 16 team competition.

At the 2021 Asian Champions Trophy, Pakistan finished fourth among five teams, again the country`s worst-ever position. At all the previous five editions of the Asian Champions Trophy, Pakistan had finished first or second.

Dissent is the essence of democracy. Asif Bajwa, the great sycophant, is just trying to be `more loyal than the king himself`.

 Mr. Prime Minister, famed Italian poet and philosopher Dante (1265 – 1321 AD) placed flatterers in a lower circle of Hell than murderers and tyrants.

Ijaz Chaudhry writes on hockey & other sports. For more about him and his work, visit: www.sportscorrespondent.info


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