A legendary field hockey player nicknamed, The Flying Horse because of his great speed, Samiullah Khan was born on September 6, 1951, in Bahawalpur. He played as a left winger and was famous for his speed, stamina and his
A legendary field hockey player nicknamed, The Flying Horse because of his great speed, Samiullah Khan was born on September 6, 1951, in Bahawalpur. He played as a left winger and was famous for his speed, stamina and his crosses which often resulted in goals.
Samiullah showed incredible agility on the hockey field and could tear through the opponent’s defense with ease. Samiullah played in 151 tournaments. On top of Samiullah’s impressive record are the silver medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, gold medal in Bangkok Asian Games in 1978, gold medal in the Asia Cup held in Karachi and gold in the New Delhi Asian Games. The latter two were played under his captaincy.
Samiullah retired from international hockey in 1982 and served as the manager of the team, quitting in 2005. Samiullah’s brother Kalimullah was a right winger and both brothers formed a menacing attacking line. Samiullah Khan till date is considered as one of the best hockey players in Pakistan.
Samiullah Khan has been associated with hockey in Pakistan in one way or the other even after his retirement from international hockey. He is considered as a legend of his field. Many of Pakistan’s victories in the time when Samiullah Khan was a part of the team came through his brilliant performance. He is considered a legend in his own right in the world of Hockey.
Samiullah is also nephew of Motiullah, who was member of the 1960 Rome Olympics Gold-winning Pakistan hockey side.