Pride of Pakistan – Hasan Sardar

by on December 11, 2010
in Sports in Pakistan

Pride of Pakistan - Hasan Sardar

Hasan Sardar; known as the best Centre Forward Pakistan has ever produced was born in Karachi in 1957. He started his International Career in 1980 and within a few months became an integral part of the national Hockey team. Hasan Sardar was adept at body dodges and dribbling. He along with his other team members Samiullah, Kalimullah, Hanif Khan and Shehnaz Sheikh formed an impenetrable forward line. The brilliance, dedication and team work of these players saw Pakistan at the victory stand on many occasions.

Hasan Sardar was superb in his first ever World Cup Hockey Tournament in 1982. He scored 11 goals in the tournament which earned him the title of “Man of the Match” and Pakistan the coveted World Cup Trophy. In the same year he made a hat trick against India in the finals of the Asian Game once again bagging the gold medal for Pakistan and the “Man of the Match” honor for himself.

Later in the 1984 Olympics, he once again played a crucial role in winning the gold medal for Pakistan. Hasan Sardar was the “Man of the Match”. Although he played hockey for only six years but with 180 goals to his credit, in that short time he proved to the world that he indeed was the “Sardar” (meaning Leader in Urdu language).

The government of Pakistan bestowed the Pride of Performance Award to this prolific player in 1984. After his retirement, Hasan Sardar served as the manager of the national team. He was also the chief selector of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF).

Pride of Pakistan – Hanif Khan

by on December 11, 2010
in Sports in Pakistan

Hanif Khan

Hanif Khan is another shining star on the horizon of Pakistan hockey. An aggressive forward, he was most feared by the defenders. His speed, aggression and versatility made him stand out and he was often referred to as the “Goal Scoring Machine”. This dashing forward learned to play hockey on the streets of his hometown, Karachi. He was a member of the national squad which one the 1984 Olympic Gold Medal. Soon after the Olympics, Hanif Khan like his other immensely talented and skilled team mates was forced to retire.

Hanif Khan was later recruited by the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) to coach the national side. Hanif Khan is among one of the most important names in Pakistan hockey history. In recent years, despite a few big names in Pakistan hockey team, the performance at international level competitions has been mediocre. Hanif Khan was one of the hockey players who used to ensure in their time that Pakistan hockey team does not lose in any competition. It was more to their passion for the game of field hockey which led the Pakistan hockey team to major victories in world cup hockey tournaments, champions trophy and in the race of Olympic gold medal. Hanif Khan has been associated with Pakistan hockey in one way or the other all his life.

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