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Pakistan Hockey Ropes In Dutch Siegfried Aikman As Chief Coach Until 2026

Siegfried Aikman, who coached Japan in the Tokyo Olympics a few months ago, will observe Pakistan in the Asian Champions Trophy in Bangladesh. He will take over the coaching duties of the teams after the tournament.

Pakistan Hockey Ropes In Dutch Siegfried Aikman As Chief Coach Until 2026
Newly-appointed Siegfried Aikman takes a selfie at the Lahore hockey stadium. | Twitter
Pakistan Hockey Ropes In Dutch Siegfried Aikman As Chief Coach Until 2026
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2021-12-10T18:02:21+05:30

The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has roped in Dutch Siegfried Aikman as chief coach for its senior and junior teams until 2026. Aikman has already left with the senior squad for Bangladesh for the Asian Champions Trophy as an observer and will take over the reins of the team after the tournament. (More Hockey News)

“Aikman will be an observer and official in the Asian event where Khawaja Junaid will be the head coach. But later on return, he will take over coaching duties for the national senior team and also assist with the junior players and at the academy,” PHF Secretary-General Asif Bajwa said.

Aikman, 62, who is an FIH qualified coach was also in Bhubaneswar to watch the Pakistani junior players where they finished 11th in the recent FIH Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup.

Aikman, in a statement, said at the moment he doesn’t know much about the Pakistan players and had also had brief discussions with them but he would be preparing long-term and short-term plans for Pakistan hockey.

“While it is essential to start building a strong outfit of players for major events like the Olympics and World Cup, Pakistan hockey at this time also needs some victories to boost the sport,” he said. Bajwa said that the federal government had taken responsibility for paying Aikman’s contractual fees.

“We have brought in a foreign coach as in the past they have produced good results with our players and we are now preparing for next year’s Asian Games,” Bajwa said. Aikman was the coach of the Japanese hockey team during the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Pakistan has in the past had foreign coaches but profile wise they were in a higher league than Aikman. Under Hans Jorristsma, the Dutch coach, Pakistan won the World Cup and the Champions Trophy in 1994. Roelant Oltmans also guided the side. 

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