Pakistan Hockey Federation wants to make Oltmans the coach of the national team

Pakistan Hockey Federation wants to make Oltmans the coach of the national team


Pakistan Hockey Federation has approached the famous Dutch coach Roelant Oltmans, former coach of India, to become the coach of the national team. PHF, which is facing financial crisis, currently has two units. PHF has requested him to become the coach of the Pakistani team for the Azlan Shah Cup and Nations Cup to be held in Malaysia and Poland in May-June.

Secretary of one faction of the PHF, Rana Mujahid, confirmed that Oltmans has been contacted, while secretary of the other faction, Haider Hussain, warned that the federation could face suspension from the FIH. Hussain, along with Olympians Kaleemullah, Wasim Firoz, Nasir Ali and Hanif Khan, said in a press conference that only their group has received recognition from FIH.

He said, “The organizers of the two tournaments have apologized to us that they had mistakenly sent the invitation to the Lahore Stadium. We are the only recognized entity and can send teams to these tournaments.” Oltmans became the High Performance Director of Indian Hockey in 2013 and played an important role in reviving Indian hockey. He became the head coach of the men’s team in 2015 but due to poor results, he was removed from the post in 2017.

The PHF secretary and former Olympian warned that if the Prime Minister did not intervene, the FIH could suspend the national federation. Oltmans was the coach of Pakistan’s senior and junior teams in 2004 and recently joined the junior team.

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