India eyes World Cup after winning Hockey 5S Asia Cup trophy | Loktej Sports News

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New Delhi, 5 September (Hindustan Times). Global hockey body, FIH announced the pools for the much-awaited Men’s Hockey 5S World Cup Oman 2024 at a grand ceremony in Salalah, Oman. The Hockey 5S World Cup will be played from 24 January 2024 to 31 January 2024 in Muscat, Oman. 16 countries will compete in the inaugural edition of the tournament and they have been divided into four groups of four teams each, with India placed in Pool B along with Egypt, Switzerland and Jamaica.

India lifted the Men’s Hockey 5S Asia Cup trophy and qualified for the tournament after defeating Pakistan 2-0 (4-4) in the shoot-out in the final in Salalah, Oman on Saturday. On competing in the tournament, Indian captain Mandeep Mor said, “We will not take any team lightly. We have had a good time to prepare for the tournament and will try to improve in certain areas. We will also study our opponents deeply. Will do and watch their match footage to understand what we can expect.”

Meanwhile, Netherlands have been clubbed with Pakistan, Poland and Nigeria in Pool A. Australia, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago and Kenya have been placed in Pool C, while hosts Oman will face Malaysia, the United States and Fiji in Pool D.

Mandeep said, “There are some really strong teams that have qualified for the inaugural edition of the FIH Men’s Hockey 5S World Cup Oman 2024. Everyone will enter the tournament with the hope of becoming world champions for the first time and we want to do the same.” We will focus on our game and try to stick to our game plans to get positive results.”

Let us tell you that the memorable final of the Men’s Hockey 5S Asia Cup was very exciting and eventually the match was decided in the shootout. Mohammad Raheel (19′, 26′), Jugraj Singh (7′), and Maninder Singh (10′) scored in the match, followed by Gurjot Singh and Maninder Singh for India in the shootout.

On India’s performance in the tournament, Mandeep said, “We played really well and we stuck to our plans. We faced some tough situations when we were behind during the matches. But we kept our composure and Managed to maintain the positivity. We felt that we kept growing as a unit throughout the tournament and that’s why we were able to win the trophy.”

The Indian men’s hockey team began their campaign with a 15-1 win over Bangladesh in their opening game of the Elite Pool and then followed it up with a 12-2 win over Oman. India lost to Pakistan 4-5 but beat Malaysia 7-5 and Japan 35-1 to finish second in the elite pool table with 12 points from 5 games. India reached the final by defeating Malaysia 10-4 and then defeated Pakistan in a thrilling encounter to lift the trophy. The Indian defender further said that his performance in the tournament has boosted the team’s confidence ahead of the FIH Men’s Hockey 5S World Cup Oman 2024.

“The tournament has helped us boost our confidence to a great extent. We feel we have learned a lot about our strengths and the areas where we can improve. We will hope to continue our momentum And will look to achieve a podium finish at the inaugural FIH Men’s Hockey 5S World Cup in 2024.”

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