By: Muhammad Asif Khan, Karachi – Pakistan, Sept 12, 2013: Recently appointed secretary of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), Rana Mujahid Ali has expressed the hope that he would win the same post in the upcoming PHF elections as well. “I will contest for the same post [secretary] in the upcoming election, and will hopefully win it for the next term as well”, said Rana Mujahid while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.
Rana Mujahid was previously working as the Associate Secretary however, the executive board of the PHF appointed him in place of Asif Bajwa, who stepped down as Secretary, on Wednesday.
Rana Mujahid also brushed aside the continuous criticism from a section of former Olympians which demand the imposition of an ad-hoc setup on the PHF. “Ad-hoc isn’t a democratic way of dealing with things. The well-wishers of Hockey should do it in a constitutional and democratic manner”, said Rana Mujahid.
“Contest the elections and acquire a position of their liking”, said Rana Mujahid while referring to the former Olympians.
“I have always wanted to seek guidance from former greats and even today my doors are open for their valuable suggestions”, added Rana Mujhahid.
Former greats Islahuddin, Samiullah, Shehnaz Sheikh, Qamar Zia, Waseem Feroz, Qamar Ibrahim and a lot of other former players have come down hard on the PHF management after the national team’s ouster from the World Cup, and have urged the imposition of an ad-hoc setup on the PHF.
The Pakistan National hockey has not been able to qualify for the next year World Cup, for the first time in history, after failing to win the recently concluded Asia Cup in Malaysia. —- By: Muhammad Asif Khan