Junior Men’s Asia Cup: India meets Japan in opener

The Junior Men’s Asia Cup is a premier tournament that will see the top eight teams from Asia playing against each other for supremacy from 14th to 22nd November.

Some mebers of the Indian junior men's hockey team.   -  The Hindu

The Indian colts meet the Japanese team in their first group match of the eighth Junior Men’s Asia Cup tomorrow. The match will be setting off the campaign for the Indian Junior Men’s team. The Junior Men’s Asia Cup is a premier tournament that will see the top eight teams from Asia playing against each other for supremacy from 14th to 22nd November, 2015. The tournament will be staged at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium in Kuantan, Malaysia.

India has been riding high on confidence post their performance at the fifth Sultan of Johor Cup.

Harendra Singh, coach of the Indian junior men’s hockey team said, “We feel Malaysia is our second home and we are expecting great support throughout the tournament. The Japanese play a very tight game and speed is their major weapon. We have worked on our defence and attack and we will be expecting to give a strong show in the tournament.”

Captain Harjeet Singh said, “The whole team under the supervision of coach Harendra Singh has been training rigorously. We will try and stick to our routine and keep it simple. We believe Japan will be equally prepared and enthusiastic for the match, but we shall put our best foot forward.”

The teams:

Pool A: India, Malaysia, Japan and China.

Pool B: Korea, Pakistan, Oman and Bangladesh.

The fixtures of the Indian matches for the group stage (IST):

November 14: vs JPN (17:45),

November 15: vs MAS (17:45) and

November 17: vs CHN (15:30).