India: Unbeaten Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team to take on Germany in the Semi-Final clash at 11th Sultan of Johor Cup 2023

~Beating the German side, ranked No.2 in the world, will be a big morale boost ahead of FIH Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup believes Captain Uttam Singh~

Johor Bahru (Malaysia), 2nd November 2023: The Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team is set to compete against World Number 2, Germany, in the Semi-Finals of the 11th Sultan of Johor Cup 2023. The defending Champions, India, have displayed remarkable resilience throughout the tournament and are yet to be defeated. In their first game against their neighbouring rivals, Pakistan, India managed to secure a thrilling 3-3 draw. Speaking about the match, Indian Captain Uttam said that it has put the team in good stead for the rest of the competition.

“With five minutes left in the opening game, we were trailing by 3-2 and we made up our minds to give it our all in the last few minutes and go one-on-one with the defenders in the circle and try to capitalise on the slightest of opportunities. Our efforts finally paid off in the end and we rescued a point from the game,” Captain Uttam Singh shed light on the game plan in the match against Pakistan.

“This result put the team in good stead, particularly in terms of our confidence,” he added.

Since then, the Indian Colts beat Malaysia by 3-1 and New Zealand by 6-2 to finish as table toppers in Pool B and set up a Semi-Final clash with Germany. The last time they faced Germany was in the 4 Nations Tournament U21 Men in August, where they lost both their matches by a margin of 6-1 and 3-2.

“Germany are ranked second in the world and we are third but the difference between the teams isn’t much and the team that performs the best on the day will qualify for the Final. It will be a challenging Semi-Final for sure, but we will approach the game with a positive mindset and aim to play to our strengths. Ahead of the game, we have been working on shoring up our defence while also looking at ways to beat their full press,” the Captain elaborated on the preparations and expectations in the build-up to the Semi-Final.

Germany is one of the teams that will participate in the upcoming FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup 2023 as well and the Indian Colts are determined to beat the European hockey juggernaut in their quest to defend the Sultan of Johor Cup title. “Beating Germany here will be a big morale boost for us in our preparations for the upcoming Junior World Cup. We have enjoyed great support here in Malaysia with Indian hockey fans turning up for our matches, we request them to continue this support in our campaign,” Uttam signed off.

India will face Germany at 1535 hrs IST on 3rd November 2023.

Please find attached schedule and pictures.

Live Streaming for the 11th Sultan of Johor Cup 2023 will be available on YouTube on the following links:

Day 5 – Thursday 2nd November


Match 13 Sultan of Johor Cup 2023 – 3rd Pool B v 4th Pool A


Match 14 Sultan of Johor Cup 2023 – 3rd Pool A v 4th Pool B


Day 6 – Friday 3rd November


Match 15 Sultan of Johor Cup 2023 – Loser Match 13 v Loser Match 14


Match 16 Sultan of Johor Cup 2023 – 1st Pool B v 2nd Pool A


Match 17 Sultan of Johor Cup 2023 – 1st Pool A v 2nd Pool B


Day 7 Saturday 4th November


Match 18 Sultan of Johor Cup 2023 – 5th/6th Place play-off


Match 19 Sultan of Johor Cup 2023 – Bronze Medal Match


Match 20 Sultan of Johor Cup 2023 – The Final

By Hockey India

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