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Prabhjot slams coach for poor show

August 23, 2004 15:55 IST

Key forward Prabhjot Singh has accused chief coach Gerhard Rach of deliberately trying to put him under pressure and forcing the team to play defensive hockey, which is not its forte.

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Prabhjot, who has been off-colour at the Olympics, also expressed displeasure about being used in the matches for short durations.

"I am played for five minutes and made to sit on the bench for 15 minutes. Overall, in all the four matches that we have played so far, I must have played for 25 minutes or so," he said, ahead of India's last league match against Argentina.

"He is making us play defensive hockey which is not our style. Our main strength is skill and short passes but he is making us play long passes. He is trying to change our entire style of play," the Punjab player said.

He alleged that the coach was biased against him and had been harassing him since the pre-Olympic camp in Germany.

"He does not like me at all. He is always trying to find fault with me. He started putting me under pressure from the camp in Germany. Even in practice matches he would just try to run me down even when I was right."

The German took over the reins of the Indian team a month before the Olympics but the players appear to have taken a dislike to his style of coaching, with veteran striker Dhanraj Pillay and captain Dilip Tirkey also criticizing his methods in their newspaper columns.

India, already out of medal contention after having lost three of their four group league matches, are now fighting for minor placings.

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Number of User Comments: 10

Sub: good for nothing

It's easy to play blame game after everything is over.. New coach one month before olympics, players don't know whether in the team or not,infighting, ...

Posted by Appurva

Sub: Prabhjiot

he might not have done good, but didnt our coach knew this before.If he was so bad,why did he even let him play.Put him in ...

Posted by Amrit


Will somebody go and ask Mr. Prabhjot that if German coach is the cause of their failure, why they failed when he was not there ...

Posted by gaurav

Sub: We will never know

We wont ever know what caused it but some players failed to rise to the occasion. The worst performances in decreasing order according to me: ...

Posted by DC

Sub: Great

Firstly this is my real name hahaha :-) secondly prabjot u cannot play at all. The last one year has made me feel you were ...

Posted by Prabhjyot Singh Madan


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