On December 5, Pakistan hockey legend Tahir Zaman has said that Team India has a good chance of winning the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup being held in India next year .
World Cup 2023
The current Head Coach of the Egypt National Team, Tahir Zaman, said that in the upcoming FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023 which is set to begin on January 13 in Bhubaneswar-Rourkela, India has a good chance of winning.
The 16 teams who will battle it out for the coveted trophy are New Zealand, England, South Africa, Japan, France, Korea, Malaysia, Spain, Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, India, Argentina, Germany,Chile, and Wales.
As per the Hockey India release, the former forward said that the home ground and home crowd could be both an advantage and disadvantage for team India. If they play disciplined hockey without getting emotional or overwhelmed by the local media and the pressure of the home crowd then India has a good chance this time. He further noticed that the Indian team’s consistent performance shows that they have everything that can make them the World Champions this time.
Hockey World Cup 1994
Zaman recalled the 1994 World Cup in Sydney, where he received the news of his father’s demise and how he overcame it to script history. Tahir Zaman was an integral part of the 1994 World Cup-winning Pakistan team. He said that he got the sad news of his father passing away just before the opening game against Argentina on 23rd November.
He was given the choice of going back home but he wasn’t sure of what to do. After speaking to his mother, she comforted him by saying that he can’t change anything now and it’s better if he stays there and play the World Cup. She also said that it was his father’s desire that they win the World Cup and that somehow motivated the whole team.The team defeated Argentina 3-0 in their opening match and went on to top Pool A.
It was a close match and they won in the Penalty Strokes against Germany. Players of Germany like Jeroen Delmee along with Floris Bovelander missed their chances and the late goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmed did really well in saving Penalty Strokes and made Pakistan the Champions of the 1994 World Cup.