Pakistan Remains Unbeaten in Azlan Shah Cup as Match with New Zealand Ends in Draw

Pakistan’s impressive performance in the recent 30th Azlan Shah Hockey Cup has been turning heads as they secured a tie in their match against New Zealand. The match, held in Malaysia’s Ipoh city, saw Pakistan maintain their unbeaten streak throughout the tournament, showcasing their prowess on the hockey field.

With both teams securing one point each in the draw, Pakistan’s performance has solidified their position in the competition. Senior player Ammad Shakeel, leading the 18-member squad with Abu Bakr as the vice-captain, has been instrumental in the team’s success.

Japan currently leads the points table with 13 points, while Pakistan ranks second with 11 points. New Zealand holds the third position with seven points, setting the stage for an intense final match.

Both Pakistan and Japan have already qualified for the final, which will take place at the Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh. Pakistan’s journey to the final has seen victories against Malaysia, South Korea, and Canada, with draws against Japan and New Zealand.

Head coach Roelant Oltmans’ expectations for an improved performance from the Pakistani team have been met with stellar gameplay on the field. Pakistan’s rich history in the Azlan Shah Cup, winning the title thrice in the past, adds to the anticipation surrounding their upcoming final match.

The government’s expressions of support and encouragement to the players further highlight the significance of this tournament for Pakistan. Information Minister Attaullah Tarar’s commitment to promoting hockey and addressing obstacles in the sport’s development underscores the national importance of the team’s achievements.

As the final match approaches, Pakistan’s team, backed by nationwide support, is gearing up to face Japan in a showdown that promises thrilling hockey action. With momentum on their side and a nation behind them, Pakistan’s journey in the Azlan Shah Cup continues to captivate fans and inspire the next generation of hockey enthusiasts.

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