AT FULL TIME: India beat Oman 11-0 in their first match in Asian Hockey Championship
In today’s second match of Asian Men’s Hockey Championship 2018, defending champions India led by Manpreet Singh will take on hosts Oman at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat. The Indian Men’s Hockey Team won the 2016 edition of Asian Hockey Champions Trophy, defeating arch-rivals Pakistan in Kuantan, Malaysia and going into the tournament as favourites. In Asia Games 2018, the Indian hockey team failed to finish at the top of the podium, suffering a shocking defeat at the hands of Malaysia in the semi-final, and settled for Bronze. They would look to redeem their pride and gain some much needed confidence ahead of the Hockey World Cup in India next month.
What Indian Captain and Coach said about India’s chances in Asian Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy
India Hockey team captain, Manpreet Singh: "We have some tough months as we could not achieve our target of winning the gold medal at the 18th Asian Games, but it is time now for all of us to rejuvenate ourselves and prepare well for the Hockey Men's World Cup 2018 in Bhubaneswar," Manpreet said before leaving for the Champions Trophy in Oman.
India head coach, Harendra Singh: "We are very excited about starting our campaign against hosts Oman, who will be playing in front of their home crowd. The opening match will be a good test for us ahead of some crucial pool matches against the likes of Malaysia, Pakistan, Japan and South Korea," Harendra said.
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