5 reasons why Dabang Mumbai can win the CIL Hockey India League
Dabang Mumbai failed to make the semis in its first year in the Coal India Ltd Hockey India League (HIL), finishing in 6th spot. Another debutant, Ranchi Rays, lifted the title in the world's biggest league's 4th edition.This time around, The Alphas are a completely different outfit. Having retained just 3 players from last season, their playing squad bears an almost completely new look. The backroom staff is also new with experienced Australian Jay Stacy replacing German Valentin Altenburg as the head coach of the team.With a new look side, the Alphas are ready to give it their best shot at the HIL and win the elusive trophy. Here are 5 reasons why Dabang Mumbai can win the HIL:
#1 Experienced Coaching staff
Dabang Mumbai gave the reigns of their struggling side to the legendary Australian forward Jay Stacy ahead of the 2016 CIL Hockey India League season. The 46-year-old will be assisted by experienced coach Greg Nicol from South Africa. 40-year-old Nicol is a double Olympian (1996 and 2004), who retired after the 2004 Summer Games with a staggering record of 244 goals scored in 200 appearances for his country.
Former Indian skipper Viren Rasquinha will continue to serve the Alphas as their mentor. Having represented the national team 180 times in an international career spanning 6 years, Viren knows the ins and outs of the sport in India. Another former Indian international Edgar Mascarenhas will be part of the backroom staff as the goalkeeper coach and will help David Harte in improving his shot-stopping skills as well as his positioning between the posts.