MUMBAI: Former hockey Olympian Marcellus Gomes sees the qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Games because the first major project for Graham Reid, who’s set to be appointed as train of the senior men’s team.
Reid, an Australian, is ready to take over as the train following the unceremonious go out of Harendra Singh from the publish after the final World Cup in Bhubaneswar.
“The most vital thing for him is to make certain that the group qualifies (for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics) and the qualifying spherical is crucial,” said Gomes, the former internal proper after the inauguration of a synthetic hockey turf at the Don Bosco school in Matunga here.
His former Mahindra crew colleague and ex-India skipper M M Somaya felt that with Reid set to take rate, the Australian fashion of play ought to come into effect which might help the national team.
“Graham Reid is an skilled educate and he’s going to in all likelihood get some of the Australian style of play and that (might be) beneficial,” stated Somaya, who was a member of the gold medal triumphing team at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.
According to Somaya, the areas where work is wanted via the gamers have been in improving the “conversion charge” of penalty corners and turning into greater unique “at the remaining pass”.
Gomes became also of the opinion that Reid would want to adapt to the Asian fashion of play.
“He (Reid) will must get used to the (style of play) as he has in no way coached an Indian team or a crew from Asia,” stated Gomes, a high-quality ball distributer in his high.
An exhibition in shape between former global stars and Don Bosco crew became additionally played after the turf’s inauguration.
The younger gamers got a hazard to rub their shoulders with the likes of Dronacharya award triumphing instruct Clarence Lobo and 4-time Olympian Dhanraj Pillai, among others.