Sardara to play in Belgiun Hockey League

New Delhi: Experienced full-back Sardara
Singh, the only Indian player to find a place in the
recently-announced International Hockey Federation`s All Star
men`s team, will make his debut in the Belgiun Hockey League
next year.

Sardara had signed a contract with Brussels based Lauven
club, who has also invited star drag-flicker Sandeep Singh.

"I have signed a contract with Lauvens club and will play
for the first time in Belgium Hockey League. I hope it will be
a learning experience for me and will be handy before the
Olympic qualifiers," Sardara told reporters.

He said the contract is for three months and he will be
leaving for Brussels in the first week of February.

"We have to work hard for the Olympic qualifiers now and
I think this opportunity will definitely help me in improving
my game further before the qualifiers," said Sardara.

Sardara began his career as a forward and then shifted to
the midfield before converting to a sweeper-back.

He was recently included in this year`s 18-men FIH
All-Star team along with hockey legends Jamie Dwyer of
Australia and veteran Teun de Nooijer of the Netherlands.

"It is a dream-come-true for me to be in the same team
with the likes of Jammie (Dwyer) and Nooijer (Teun de),
Sardara said.

After failing to win the gold in the Guangzhou Asian
Games, which would have secured India an automatic place in
the 2012 Olympics, Sardara said there will be additional
pressure on the team in the qualifiers.

"There will be immense pressure for sure but our team is
in good nick and we have to maintain that. We have performed
well last year and we can continue with the rhythm. We will
qualify for London Olympic 2012 for sure," he said.

Asked about his preference for Indian team`s next coach,
he said, "I like the combination of a foreign and one national
coach. We did learn a lot during Jose Brasa and Harendra
Singh`s tenure."


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