India’s young hockey squad gears up for semi-final battle with Germany
The unbeaten Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team is ready to compete against Germany in the semi-finals of the 11th Sultan of Johor Cup 2023, showcasing remarkable resilience and determination. Get insights into their journey and preparations for this crucial clash.
The Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team is gearing up to face Germany, ranked World Number 2, in the semi-finals of the 11th Sultan of Johor Cup 2023. Unbeaten so far, the defending Champions, India, have demonstrated incredible determination throughout the tournament.
Their first game against Pakistan resulted in a thrilling 3-3 draw. Captain Uttam Singh highlighted the team’s perseverance in the face of a 3-2 deficit, focusing on giving their all in the last moments to secure a crucial point.
Following this, the Indian Colts triumphed over Malaysia with a 3-1 win and conquered New Zealand with a convincing 6-2 victory, topping Pool B. This sets the stage for a semi-final showdown against Germany, a team they faced previously in the 4 Nations Tournament U21 Men, losing both encounters by margins of 6-1 and 3-2.
“Germany holds the second position globally, just one rank above us, but the margin is narrow. The team that performs best on the day will advance to the Final. Although the semi-final will pose a challenge, we’re approaching it with a positive mindset, focusing on our strengths while fortifying our defense against their full press,” explained Captain Uttam, outlining their preparations and aspirations for the upcoming match.
Germany is also set to participate in the FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup 2023. The Indian team aims to overcome the European hockey powerhouse, seeking to defend their Sultan of Johor Cup title. Captain Uttam expressed, “A victory against Germany here would greatly boost our morale for the Junior World Cup. We’ve had fantastic support from Indian hockey fans in Malaysia; we appeal for their continued support in our campaign.”