ANTWERP – Pakistan team will play an important game against Ireland in the World Hockey League on Friday at Antwerp, Belgium.
Pakistani ‘Shaheens’ will fight for fifth position stand in the 5-8 classification matches. On Friday, Pakistan will take on Ireland in a crucial match.
Pakistan’s hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games turned into dreams after the 2-1 defeat against Great Britain in the quarter-final of the Hockey World League (HWL) in Antwerp, Belgium, on Wednesday.
Though, it was a heart-breaking defeat for Pakistani fans which shattered their hopes, but the dream can come true if Pakistan finish on 5th place.
Pakistan will now play Ireland in the 5-8 place classification matches; a good win against Ireland may make way for Shaheens to qualify in the mega event.
Pakistan captain Mohammad Imran said: “I think we put all of our efforts into it but we were unlucky we didn’t score with our chances, but we have other games and it is important that we try to finish fifth.”
Earlier, Pakistan finished third in pool A after playing a second consecutive 2-2 draw against France. Green shirts were to play pool B’s second-placed team in quarters.
Pakistan had a disappointing tournament so far as they had a solitary win in first game against Poland and two 2-2 draws against arch-rivals India and France; Pakistan also faced a 6-1 humiliating defeat against mighty Australia.