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Reviving a Golden Era of Pakistan’s Hockey Heroes

Story Highlights
  • Abdul Hamid
  • Manzoor Hussain Atif
  • Noor Alam
  • Habib Al Kiddie
  • Naseer Bunda

Pakistan is a hockey powerhouse, producing many of the world’s best players and setting several world records. Pakistani hockey players’ abilities allowed them to achieve the seemingly impossible.

We highlight the top five Pakistani hockey players who made their country proud.

Abdul Hamid

Abdul Hamid, a retired Pakistani brigadier, was a dynamic player in the sport of hockey. He played inside right for Pakistan in four Olympic tournaments (1948, 1952, 1956).

By leading Pakistan to a 1-0 victory against India in the 1960 Olympic final in Rome, he created history and won the first gold medal for Pakistan. 

He was a brilliant tactician who planned an offensive that would simultaneously worry the other team on both their outside right and right half. He won the 1960 Pride of Performance Award. 

Manzoor Hussain Atif

Manzoor Hussain Atif was among the luckiest Pakistani hockey players representing his country at more than one Olympic Games. During his career, Manzoor helped his team win gold in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome and the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta.

In the 1960 Olympic semi-finals, he scored the winning goal, which proved to be the difference. The Pride of Performance Award for Sports was given to Manzoor back in 1963. The Asian Hockey Federation also gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Noor Alam

Former Pakistani hockey star Noor Alam was a force to be reckoned with. Pakistan often scored because of his skillful maneuvers. He won a gold medal for Pakistan in the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

He also competed for Pakistan, where he helped bring home gold in the Asian Games in both 1958 in Tokyo and 1962 in Jakarta.

Habib Al Kiddie

Habib Al Kiddie is among the best left-half to ever play for Pakistan in a hockey game. He was pivotal to Pakistan’s gold medal performances in the 1958 Tokyo Asian Games, the 1960 Rome Olympics, and the 1962 Jakarta Asian Games.

With his outstanding performance in the 1958 Asian Games final, he helped their team win without allowing India to score.

Naseer Bunda

Naseer stood out from other athletes because he often competed barefoot. There was no fear on his part while he performed.

Naseer scored the game-winning goal, giving Pakistan their first Olympic field hockey gold medal. In 1962, Naseer received the Pride of Performance award for outstanding efforts.

The list of our players and their exemplary performance is incomplete. During Pakistan’s golden hockey age, these players exemplified sportsmanship.

The players have brought immense pride to Pakistan, and the memory of their performances on the field will never be forgotten.

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