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Indian Men’s Hockey Team leaves for Men’s Asian Hockey 5s World Cup Qualifier

IndiaIndian Men’s Hockey Team leaves for Men’s Asian Hockey 5s World Cup Qualifier

The Indian Men’s Hockey Team will face Bangladesh in their opening match on 29th August

The Indian Men’s Hockey Team on Sunday flew to Salalah, Oman for the Men’s Asian Hockey 5s World Cup Qualifier, set to take place from 29th August to 2nd September. India Team has been placed in the Elite Pool along with Malaysia, Pakistan, Japan, Oman, and Bangladesh. The Indian Team will open their campaign on Tuesday, 29th August, against Bangladesh. Meanwhile, the Challengers Pool consists of Hong Kong China, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, and Iran.

After their opening contest against Bangladesh, India will take on Oman and Pakistan on Wednesday, 30th August, 2023 and then follow it up with matches against Malaysia and Japan on Thursday 31st August, 2023. To earn one of the 16 available berths at the 2024 FIH Hockey 5s World Cup, India would have to earn at least a top-three finish in the upcoming tournament. Oman have already booked one of the berths from Asia, being the host nation.

Mandeep Mor will Captain the Indian team, with Mohammed Raheel Mouseen serving as Vice-Captain. Suraj Karkera has been named as the goalkeeper, and the defenders are Jugraj Singh, Dipsan Tirkey, and Mandeep Mor. Sukhvinder has been added to India’s defence line as a late replacement for Manjeet, who suffered an injury during a training session at the SAI Centre Bengaluru. Maninder Singh and Mohd. Raheel Mouseen have been named midfielder, while Pawan Rajbhar and Gurjot Singh will lead the attack.

Captain Mandeep Mor spoke ahead of the team’s departure and stated that the players are excited for the tournament to begin. “We have a solid squad and we have prepared well for the upcoming competition. All the teams are strong in this format, so it will be a tough tournament. But with a chance to qualify for the 2024 FIH Hockey 5s World Cup at stake, our team is hungry and determined to get positive results.”

Team Vice-Captain Mohammed Raheel Mouseen also spoke on India’s prospects and said, “We will not take any team lightly and we have studied all opponents thoroughly. We have planned our strategies accordingly. We are confident of a good showing in the tournament and our aim is to earn a direct qualification for the 2024 FIH Hockey 5s World Cup.”

Indian Men’s Hockey Team Squad:

Goalkeeper:

Suraj Karkera

Defenders:

Jugraj Singh

Dipsan Tirkey

Sukhvinder

Mandeep Mor (Captain)

Midfielders:

Maninder Singh

Mohammed Raheel Mouseen (Vice-Captain)

Forwards:

Pawan Rajbhar

Gurjot Singh

Schedule of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team:

On 29th August 2023, India vs Bangladesh at 1930 hrs IST

On 30th August 2023, India vs Oman at 1530 hrs IST

On 30th August 2023, Pakistan vs India at 2030 hrs IST

On 31st August 2023, Malaysia vs India at 1430 hrs IST

On 31st August 2023, India vs Japan at 1930 hrs IST

Men’s Asian Hockey 5s World Cup Qualifier will be live-streamed on https://www.youtube.com/@AsianHockeyFederation

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