LAHORE - Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary  M Asif Bajwa said that the national team’s finish at third place in the Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament will surely help in reviving the sagging the fortune of the game in country.

Talking to the reporters here on Wednesday after his return from Melbourne, Bajwa said: “It is indeed a big performance which comes after eight years and the team’s third place achievement will generate new concepts about our hockey among the country’s youth.”

“We have seen a good performance on part of our team and it is like a silver line on the sky and boosted the confidence of the team which was a blend of experience and youth and PHF was gradually inducting young players in the side to prepare a balanced combination for 2014 World Cup”, he added.

He set aside the criticism of some quarters that Pakistan team thrived in the presence of weak teams like Germany and Belgium in the Champions Trophy. “It is a foolish thought and some quarters should acknowledge the performance of Pakistan besides praising the PHF efforts for infusing young blood in the side. It is our team, Pakistan hockey team and we should endeavour to boost its morale and should not indulge in a negative propaganda campaign against it,” he said.

He said it was a good omen that team had started producing good results after a deadlock and now it was the right time to take more effective measures to enhance its performance for its future endeavours.

The PHF secretary said it was time to support Pakistan hockey for launching a rare guard action for regaining lost glory. “Hockey has suffered a lot due to dismal performance of the team and now the stage has come that we should think of a bright future of the game by encouraging the performance of the team in Champions Trophy,” he concluded.