Jagbir promises an improved team

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Jagbir Singh, the assistant coach of the Indian hockey team, identified lack of co-ordination and tactics as India's main shortcomings.

Jagbir promises an improved team

New Delhi:

Olympian Jagbir Singh, who has been appointed as the assistant coach of the Indian hockey team, identified lack of co-ordination and tactics as India's main shortcomings. He promises to mould it into a winning combination before the Athens Olympics. "We are playing as three teams in one team. The defence, forwards and midfielders lack co-ordination," said Jagbir. "We are also holding the ball too much and dancing to the tune of opponents. We lack the tactical part," he added. Jagbir, who played from 1988 to 1992 and represented India in Seoul and Barcelona Olympic Games, said that the biggest positive about the team despite the recent lackluster performances was the fact that they were confident of doing well in the Olympics. A certified high-performance coach, Jagbir said that he had faith in his own coaching capabilities and that was one of the main reasons he has taken up the job. Jagbir would be leaving for Germany along with the team. India is scheduled to play a four-nation tournament in Dusseldorf starting on July 16. The former player brushed aside suggestion that he would hardly have much to do with chief coach Rajinder Singh, two German experts and a Ducth coach around. (PTI)

Topics : Hockey
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