Pakistan's famous hockey player resists hiring of expensive foreign coach

18:58, June 18, 2010      

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While Ministry of Sports asked the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) to come up with a proposal on hiring a foreign coach, Zafar Zafri, member of executive board confirmed that he had strongly resisted the move to hire Mitchel Van Den Heuvel at a amount of 15,000 euro (about 18,570 U.S. dollars) per month, local newspaper The News reported Friday.

The PHF president Qasim Zia met the Sports Minister Aijaz Jakhrani Wednesday in an effort to get his approval on the federation plans to hire a foreign coach on a record monthly salary of almost 15,000 euro (about 1.6 million rupees per month).

"The Ministry has asked the PHF to come up with a proposal on hiring of coaches, with comparative foreign and local coaches options. Though the Ministry has no objection on hiring a foreign coach, we would only confirm or reject the option once we get it in black and white," Jakharani told media.

Earlier, when a group of journalists met the minister during the First Anti Doping Seminar in Islamabad, he expressed his ignorance over PHF's move to hire the coach.

Later in the evening PHF president met him and officially requested his backing to hire a foreign coach on a record salary.

The PHF president Qasim Zia when confronted by journalists after the meeting with the minister, was reluctant to confirm the offer the PHF had extended to the Dutch coach for training Pakistan senior team.

Former international hockey player Zafar Zafri who has recently been appointed by Qasim Zia on the federation executive board, however confirmed while talking to The News that he the PHF board has given approval of Dutch coach hiring on record purse of 15000 euro per month.

"That is true that the board in spite of my opposition has approved hiring his service on a record monthly amount of 15,000 euro per month. It is unjust to all the former Olympians who have served the country and are much better coaches than what we can find from abroad," Zafri said.

Source: Xinhua


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