Veteran Bangladesh hockey player and penalty corner specialist Mamunur Rahman Chayan said on Thursday he would retire from international hockey at the end of their Asian Games fifth place deciding match against South Korea.
Chayan began his career with Asian Games qualifiers in 2006 and had been part of Bangladesh squad for the four consecutive Asian Games, scoring number of goals, mostly from penalty corners.
In his long career, Chayan also netted eight international hat-tricks, not a small achievement considering his defender.
Chayan’s goals, however, dried down in recent competitions following the arrival of Ashraful Islam, who was taking most of the penalty corners for Bangladesh.
‘I was planning for retirement for quite sometimes,’ Chayan told reporters in Jakarta. ‘My son is growing up. But I cannot give him time to due to my engagement with the national team,’ said the 30-year old stopper.
‘Also now we have some alternative options to take penalty corner. So I can think of myself,’ said Chayan, who played around 150 matches for Bangladesh.
Bangladesh, who finished third in their group, would face Korea on Saturday in their final match in Asian Games.
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