At the beginning of 2023 for junior players from Bangladesh, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Oman, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Uzbekistan.
This historic tournament for U-20 players has been held since 2003 and this year’s edition will be the 6th.
This tournament is very important for the region as it qualifies several teams to the Men`s Junior Asia Cup.
This time the champion was the Bangladesh team that disputed the final with the host, Oman.
There were great revelations in this tournament, and they could be glimpsed with the awards given by the Asian Hockey Federation.
The Top scorer of the Tournament was Bangladesh no. 17 Amirul Islam, the 17-year-old player was the highest goal scorer in the tournament with 9 goals. It is a great joy for Bangladesh to have such a young player with a future as a goal scorer having scored so many goals in an international tournament.
On the other hand, the Rising Star Player of the Tournament was Uzbekistan no. 10 ISMOILOV Amur. Despite not having achieved a good result with his team, he was one of the players with more goals and more prominence in the tournament, surprising his own and all the public that could witness the great performance of the 18-year-old player.
One of the most important awards in any tournament is to be the most outstanding among the 8 teams, that is why the award for Best Player of the Tournament went to Oman no. 2 Asama BARAZAHAN, captain of the host team of the tournament who took a fundamental leadership role for a junior team that also scored 5 goals for his team in the tournament helping them to reach the final of the tournament.
In a sport like field hockey, the goalkeepers’ protagonist in some games can define decisive plays, that is why the AHF together with its sponsor OBO gave 2 awards: OBO Most Promising GK of the Tournament and OBO Best GK of the Tournament. The first award went to Chinese Taipei 5 Hsu Ting-Shuo who had a very good performance for his team showing that he still has a lot to give. While the second award was given to Thailand no. 01 Wistawas PHOSAWANG. who was a key player in some defining matches that helped his team (getting the third place, the best place in Thailand’s participations) to get the 3rd place in the tournament. Congratulations to all of them!
A recognition that the AHF considers very important is also the Hosting Certificate Presentation as it highlights the host nation for their work in preparing the tournament and carrying it out with a level of excellence that deserves this recognition. Thank you very much to all the people who made this tournament possible!
Finally, the medals were awarded: the gold medal went to Bangladesh for the first place, the silver medal to Oman and the bronze medal to Thailand.
The trophy was received by the entire Bangladesh team who won for the second time the Men’s Junior AHF Cup having won it for the first time in 2014.
Many congratulations to the Bangladesh team for the championship and we thank all the teams for participating in this Junior tournament which helps us to continue to develop and enlighten the path of the younger players of the Asian teams.