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Pakistan reaches the final of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup for the first time since 2011
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Pakistan reaches the final of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup for the first time since 2011

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan have secured a spot in the final of the 2024 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup after a stunning turnaround in their recent match against Canada. This sets the stage for an exciting confrontation against Japan, which is scheduled for Saturday.

With a remarkable record at the international men’s hockey tournament held in Malaysia, Pakistan has claimed the championship three times in 1999, 2000 and 2003. However, their performances have declined in recent years, marking the first time they have reached this level have reached. the tournament final since 2011.

Radio Pakistan announced on Thursday that Pakistan and Japan have both earned their places in the final of the 30th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey Tournament. The final will take place on Saturday in Ipoh, Malaysia.

In their thrilling encounter against Canada on Wednesday, Pakistan trailed 2-0 inside the first 17 minutes. Yet, with resilience and skill, they staged a comeback and secured a narrow 5-4 victory.

Pakistan leads the table with three wins and a draw in four matches and will face Japan in the final. Their previous meeting ended in a draw as both teams battled fiercely to outdo each other.

Malaysia and New Zealand are currently level on six points each, behind Pakistan, occupying the third and fourth positions respectively in the tournament standings.