ISLAMABAD - Farhan Mehboob and Nasir Iqbal returned Islamabad to resume training under head coach Jamshed Gul for the prestigious World Open Squash Championship to be held from October 26 in Manchester, UK.
Talking to The Nation on Friday, Farhan said: “I just took one-day off to take rest as I kept on training even on the eve of Eid and on the second day as well. Now I returned Islamabad to resume full-fledged training under Jamshed Gul at the Hashim Khan Squash Complex.”
“I have recovered from soar throat but I am still struggling hard to cope with viral flue, which is disturbing me a lot. It will take a few days more to fully recover, but despite all these health hazards, I didn’t stop training even for a single day. I feel after a gap of almost two years or so, I have gained fitness and stamina, which I lacked and now I am roaring to go and face my opponent in Manchester,” he added.
“It is my promise, if the current management in the federation continues supporting the players in a great way and providing them with the best available facilities, the time is not far when one of us will definitely break into the top 10 and can even go further and bring back golden squash days of Pakistan,” Farhan concluded.
Sharing his views, Nasir fully endorsed Farhan’s statement and added: “Our past was great, our present looks bright but let me assure you all, our future is in the federation’s hands. If serious efforts and positive work conducted by senior vice president Air Vice Marshal Syed Razi Nawab continues in the same fashion, I am sure Pakistan will get world champion in squash soon but any let ups or leniency shown by the federation towards handling with players can cost them dearly.”
Jamshed said: “I am very much confident with the way my boys have been training for the past 18 days or so. With the commitment and dedication they have shown, I can say that the time is not far, when they will produce more than desired and satisfactory results and earn laurels for the country.”
“I am very satisfied with the camp and facilities provided by the PSF. It is helping us a lot and my players, therefore, are fully focusing on achieving their task and I am hopeful that they will leave no stone unturned to win the World Open for the country and the entire nation,” the coach stated.
“I am fully aware of the fact that it will not be an easy task to win the prestigious event as all the players who are participating in the event are of higher-ranked and professionally better equipped but all these superior facilities can be matched through exceptional performances and playing with composed mind, which my boys have started to develop and by the time we will left for UK, they will be near perfection and will give their lives best performances to lift the title,” Jamshed concluded.