Friday, March 19, 2010


Former Malaysian coach Paul Lissek, who helped Australia defeat Germany in the World Cup Final, could well be the man who will be entrusted to chart the fortunes of Pakistan. Below is the story from a newspaper in Pakistan and although they have not named the German, this blog is aware of the discussions that have been initiated with Lissek since the Junior World Cup in Johor Baru last June.

The Pakistani officials are believed to have talked to Lissek in New Delhi and since Malaysia has not got back to him for the so-called development [rogram they had in mind, there is a strong possibility that the opening match between Malaysia and Pakistan in the Azlan Shah Cup on May 7 will see the former coaches of the two nations lining up against each other.

But that will only happen if the word of NSC Director General Dato Zolkples Embong is to be believed as he had said Roelant Oltman would start work on May 1 while MHF Deputy President Nur Azmi Ahmad has said that Oltmans reports on June 1.

In the meantime Azmi could do better by sorting out the position as to who is the hed coach of the national team, Stephen van Huizen or Tai Beng Hai, as well as who is the Team Manager for Azlan Shah, George Koshy or Dato SS Cheema.

The story from Dawn newspaper in Pakistan

Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), in a bid to resuscitate the game in the country, is set to hire a foreign coach, physical trainer and sports psychologist, Dawn learnt on Thursday.
“The federation is in discussion with a few foreign coaches and negotiations are underway with a German and Australian coach,” said a source privy to the ongoing developments.

It was under Dutch coach Hans Jorritsma that Pakistan won the 1994 World Cup in Sydney, Australia, while another Dutch man Roelant Oltmans coached Pakistan in 2004 with the green shirts gaining better ranking at the international level during his tenure.