Pride of Pakistan-Munnawar Ur Zaman

by on December 26, 2010
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Pakistani hockey player Munnawar ur zaman

Munnawar uz Zaman became a member of the Pakistan hockey team when he was only 19 years old. This youngster made his presence felt in his very first match with his crucial very first goal. Munnawar converted a penalty corner into a match winning goal against arch rivals India. Munnawar’s contribution in the 1971World Cup held in Spain helped Pakistan lift the world cup. His performance was instrumental in many other victories as well. With around a hundred international matches to his credit, Munnawar scored more than forty goals.

Hockey was originally played on grass and the two Asian giants India and Pakistan totally dominated the game but later astro turf was introduced which ended the Sub Continent’s monopoly. Hockey was now more of a power and speed game rather than skills. Pakistan team faced difficulties in adjusting to new conditions. Munnawar now retired from international hockey, coached the team and guided them to adjust to new conditions. Munnawar died during a practice session of the veteran’s hockey team when he suffered a heart attack in 1994.

Munnawar uz Zaman was posthumously awarded the Pride of Performance award by the government of Pakistan in 1997. He is one of the best hockey players from Pakistan Hockey.