Inframe : Graham Reid / Photo Credits : Getty Images

Hockey Olympian Marcellus Gomes sees the qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Games as the first major challenge for new national men’s coach Graham Reid.

Reid, an Australian, is set to take over as the coach of the senior men’s team following the exit of Harendra Singh from the post after the last World Cup in Bhubaneshwar.

“The most important thing for him is to ensure that the team qualifies (for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics) and the qualifying round is important,” he said.

M.M. Somaya felt that with Reid set to take charge, the Australian style of play could come into effect which would help the national team.

“Graham Reid is an experienced coach and he will probably get some of the Australian style of play and that (could be) beneficial,” said Somaya.

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