Differences emerge between PHF and coach Van Den

Lahore: Differences have erupted between the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) and the Dutch coach of the national team Michel Van Den over the selection and money matters.

According to the sources, the differences between Van Den and the PHF has come at a time when the federation is already facing numerous issues and is under criticism for its administration and decision making.

"Apparently the Dutch coach had informed the federation he was still not comfortable with recalling the senior forward, Rehan Butt to the national team and had issues with his fitness and attitude," the source said.

"Van Den had also told the PHF that he felt that Mohammad Imran should be in the team. But instead of listening to the coach, the PHF and its selectors recalled Butt and dropped captain Imran from the team, leaving the Dutch coach furious," the source added.

He said the foreign coach was also unhappy over the delay in payments to him -- the monthly salary and other dues.

The PHF now is going to set up a training camp for the probable for the London Olympic from February 29 in Islamabad but there is doubt if the coach would be available.

"It is not clear whether Van Den will be available to supervise the camp," the source said.

This fresh controversy has come days after some senior players accused the PHF of not paying them their contractual dues since last year and also not helping out in the distribution of the prize money announced for the Asian Games that the team won in 2011.

The PHF was also involved in a feud with some former Olympians and had threatened to take them to court for accusing the PHF officials of being involved in human smuggling.

But the federation has still not taken the former Olympians to court despite their refusal to apologise for making allegations in a letter sent to the Prime Minister, who is the chief patron of the federation.

What could be termed as a damage control step, the PHF this week announced significant enhancements in the daily allowances of players and officials of national senior, junior and women teams for foreign tournaments and tours.