LAHORE – The Pakistan Football Federation has hand over the reigns of the national team for the Olympics qualifying round to former coach Tariq Lutfi. He replaced Akhtar Mohiuddin as the head coach for the national team which started its preparation for the Olympic qualifiers against Malaysia on Saturday at the Model Town Ground in Lahore. Lutfi (PIA) will remain with the team for one year. His last spell for Pakistan was Pak-India Series six years ago. His first assignment in 2011
DOHA – Pundits in Uzbekistan have rated Vadim Abramov’s team as the country’s best in a decade and their victory against hosts Qatar in their Asian Cup opener underlined those credentials.
Goals from Odil Akhmedov and evergreen captain Server Djeparov handed the Uzbeks a well-deserved 2-0 victory on Friday evening and Abramov believes better is still to come. “Our midfield in particular played very well but I hope this is not the best we can show. I think we can play better,” he
SEOUL – South Korean Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-Hwan has signed up with his Australian coach Michael Bohl until the 2012 London Olympics, Park’s agency said Tuesday. The 2008 Olympic 400 metres freestyle gold medallist and Bohl have agreed to extend their contract, which expired in November, until the London Games, SK Telecom said.
“I’m glad to continue training with Bohl,” Park said in a statement. “I will try my best to stand on the peak once again through the upcoming
LAHORE – Model Town Football Club (MTFC) have appointed Khaled Khan, silver medalist for Punjab in 1992 National Games, as coach, replacing Qasim Raza (WAPDA) and interim coach Daniel Gill. “MTFC is well-equipped with infrastructure, latest facilities and have a scientific approach towards the game, and that will help me a lot.
I’m happy and grateful to be a part of the oldest club of Lahore,” said Khalid, who was a key player for Punjab, Lahore, Wohaib FC and MTFC from 1991 to
LAHORE: The Pakistan Squash Federation on Tuesday appointed Jansher Khan as national coach.
The announcement came after Jansher met President PSF Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman at Air Headquarters. Senior Vice President Air Vice Marshal Syed Razi Nawab was also present. According to an official of the PSF, the performance of the players and all issued pertaining to the game were discussed in the meeting.
Jansher has been appointed adviser to the President PSF as well
LAHORE: Pakistan coach Waqar Younis on Tuesday said he wanted to earn respect and admiration of his fellows like he did as a player.
A day before the close of the camp training of the team, Waqar said: “As a coach I am giving the same commitment I gave as a player. The intensity and hunger has not gone down.”
Waqar, who was named head coach of the team in place of Intikhab Alam this year after a disastrous tour of Australia, was also confident that the present Pakistani team
LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board is waiting for a reply from former captain Javed Miandad regarding his acceptance of the job as batting consultant, as the war of words between Miandad and coach Waqar Younis heats up.
Pakistan team’s head coach Waqar Younis, who is in Sydney, made it loud and clear that he would remain in charge and Miandad’s role would be restricted to batting consultant. However, Miandad on Friday warned Waqar to be careful while choosing his words.
GUANGZHOU: India’s national coach Harendra Singh resigned on Tuesday soon after his team crashed to a 4-3 defeat to Malaysia in the Asian Games men’s field hockey semi-final.
The loss, sparked by a golden goal from penalty corner ace Amin Rahim, meant India will have to go through the qualification rounds to book a berth for the 2012 London Olympics.
Only the winner of Thursday’s gold medal clash between Malaysia and Pakistan will be granted a direct entry to the Olympics.
LAHORE: Coming heavy on the Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ijaz Butt for his poor administrative policies, former captain Zaheer Abbas has thrown his hat in for the PCB’s top slot provided he is offered the job. Abbas said that when Butt took over as PCB chairman two years back, he had high expectations from him but the veteran administrator turned out to be a big “disappointment”.
“He (Butt) has disappointed in many ways. There are calls for changes and if anyone does approach
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has offered former Azzurri striker Francesco Totti the chance to play in a friendly to say a proper goodbye to the national team.
Totti, 34, quit international football with 58 caps after Italy’s 2006 World Cup win but opened the door for a return in June’s tournament only for injury worries to rule him out.
Prandelli, who has indicated that he will not consider the forward for competitive games, envisages a friendly where Totti can team up again