Mohamed Mulaffer - top class hockey player and coach | Daily News

Mohamed Mulaffer - top class hockey player and coach

Mohamed Mulaffer was a top class centre half player and coach in the hockey field. He is considered one of the best players and a veteran coach from Kandy.

He started his schooling at Zahira College, Matale where he learnt the game. He led the school side and the Sri Lanka Schools Team in 1971 and later played for Matale Zahirians, KH and FC and Kandy Young Stars SC.

He played for the Kandy District Team from 1974 and 1997 and Sri Lanka Team from 1975 to 1997 and was the Sri Lanka Team Captain from 1986 to 1990.

He played in the first junior World Cup Tournament in Malaysia, toured India and Bangladesh with the national side.

In 1979, he played against the Pakistan Defence Services Team in Sri Lanka and in 1982 against the German Team in Sri Lanka.

In 1983 he played in the first Asia Cup in Pakistan and in the three Test series against Singapore in Sri Lanka.

In coaching, he followed the course conducted by the National Olympic Committee (NOC) in 1987, which was organised by the Sri Lanka Hockey Federation (SLHF). He was also in the coaches committee and tournament committee of the SLHF. He was a Diploma holder at the seventh South Asian Federation Games.

He participated in the Federation International Hockey (FIH) World Cup high-performance coaching course in Perth, Australia in 2002, FIH first indoor hockey high-performance coaching course in Leipzig, Germany in 2002, FIH high-performance coaching course in Malaysia in 2003 and FIH high-performance coaching course in Hyderabad, India.

He was the national hockey coach from 2001 to 2002 and physical instructor of the Sri Lanka Team that toured for the first Asia Hockey Federation Cup in Hong Kong.

He was the national coach for the second Junior Asia Cup in Singapore in 2003 and assistant coach for the 4-Nation Tournament in Singapore in 2003.

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