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09 Aug 2019, 00:31 IST

The Karnataka Hockey team
The Karnataka Hockey staff

Hockey Karnataka on Thursday named their 18-member squad for the most-awaited Dolo-650 Bangalore Cup Invitation All India Hockey Match (Males) scheduled to start on 10 August 2019. For the 4th version of this match, the host staff Hockey Karnataka will likely be led by Olympian and charismatic ahead Nikkin Thimmaiah.  

Goalkeeper Jagdeep Dayal, who was just lately a part of the Hockey India Particular goalkeepers Camp in SAI, Bengaluru and AC Subramani will guard the goalpost. Defenders named within the squad are CA Ponnanna, Deekshith SP, Abhishek HS, Veeranna Gowda whereas checklist of mid-fielders embody Pradhan Somanna, KR Bharath, Puneeth R, KP Somaiah, and Acchaiah DM. 

Ahead line will see Nikkin play a pivotal position with ready assist from Mokshith Uthappa, Harish Mutgar, Pawan Madivalar, Pruthvi Raj, Rajendra and Manjeet. The staff will likely be Coached by former Worldwide participant KK Poonacha, who was earlier the Nationwide Coach of Oman whereas PA Aiyappa has been named the Workforce Supervisor. 

“I believe now we have an excellent aspect with an excellent mixture of youth and skilled gamers. Our Goalkeeper Jagdeep Dayal was a part of the Particular Nationwide Camp for goalkeepers and he carries good confidence from there. This will likely be a difficult match and our boys are able to put up an excellent present,” acknowledged KK Poonacha, Coach, Hockey Karnataka. 

Nikkin, alternatively, mentioned this will likely be an ideal alternative for the gamers from Karnataka to shine and vie to make the Nationwide Program. “This match has a number of the most reputed groups and gamers within the nation collaborating and doing nicely right here would assist the gamers get seen for Nationwide Teaching Camps”.

“The gamers are motivated and now we have been coaching collectively for practically three weeks and have performed good observe matches towards Military XI, Indian Air Drive prior to now few weeks. We’re assured of topping the Pool and making the Semi Finals,” asserted Nikkin.