Bangladesh should be happy with participation: Bansal

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:02, Aug 18,2019


Bangladesh Women’s hockey team’s part-time advisory coach Ajay Kumar Bansal advised his charges to not focus on the results rather find satisfaction in their maiden participation in the Women’s Junior Asia Cup Hockey Qualifiers, scheduled to be held in Singapore from September 9 to 15.

Bansal arrived in Dhaka on Thursday and started training the 25-selected girls for the qualifiers the following day.

‘This is their [Bangladesh] first appearance in an international tournament. On the other hand, teams like Sri Lanka, Hong Kong have been playing for a long time,’ said the Indian during a training session at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium on Saturday.

‘I think we should concentrate on team’s presentation. Don’t mind for results in a very early stage,’ he added.

Bansal said though there were lot of flaws among the girl’s basics, their future was bright because of their immense talent.

‘There are so many lacking in their basics. But I am very hopeful for this team. Girls are very talented. If they get proper training and exposure, they can be the best team,’ he said.

Bansal is currently working as Administrator of MDC National Stadium in New Delhi and as the Administrative Officer of National Hockey Academy in India.

He has held many positions in Indian hockey since 1987. He started his career as head coach of different state level club of India including Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Jharkhand.

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