ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary Rana Mujahid Wednesday confirmed that contracts were awarded to the senior and junior selection committee and team management till 2016.

Talking to The Nation, Rana said: “I am more than satisfied with the progress of the national camp at Islamabad as I had visited twice the camp during the last two-weeks or so and found complete dedication and total commitment from the head coach and his entire coaching staff and players.”

He said that the federation had taken the initiative of taking on board right persons for the right job. “Now after four weeks of the camp, I can confirm with complete authority that we have taken the right decision and now with the combined efforts of the federation, selection committee and team management, more than desired can be achieved. I am quite impressed the way Shahnaz Sheikh is working with the boys as he has been striving hard to remove the flaws and weaknesses of the players and giving them important tips to improve their games. It will surely help boost the players’ morale and making them mentally and physically strong to take on any given opponents.”

“The federation has put Pakistan hockey on right track and the masses will soon reap benefits and will soon turn their attentions towards hockey. It was quite bleak period in Pakistan hockey, but those days are about to end and good days are now at arm’s length,” he added.

“We have decided to conduct junior hockey camp under the command of Manzoor-ul-Hasan Senior and the dates are yet to finalize, but we have agreed in principle to start junior camp. We have given top priority to senior team for some high profile events including the Asian Games. Seniors need top most attention, which the federation had dully obliged. Now we have been focusing on juniors who are the future of Pakistan hockey. The camp is great opportunity for the juniors to perform and show their potential and make their ways into the national squad,” Rana concluded.