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PKL side Dabang Delhi KC appoint Joginder Narwal as head coach

Former player Joginder Narwal has been appointed as the new head coach of Pro Kabaddi League side Dabang Delhi.

PKL side Dabang Delhi KC appoint Joginder Narwal as head coach

Joginder Narwal during training session of Dabang Delhi. 


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 28 May 2024 10:23 AM GMT

Dabang Delhi K.C. have appointed Joginder Narwal as their new Head Coach ahead of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 11. Narwal, a PKL winner with Dabang Delhi K.C. in season 6, is excited for the challenge that lies ahead, he revealed after his promotion from assistant coach to head coach.

“It feels amazing to become the Head Coach of the team, especially because I played for the Delhi team. I have been with this team for quite some time. In Season 10, our team did very well, but unfortunately, we couldn’t win it. Hopefully we have a bright future,” said Narwal.

The former defender spoke about the transition from player to coach, having gained experience in both roles in the PKL, “There are a lot of differences between being a coach and a player in this sport. As a coach, all I can do is tell my player what to do so that they can improve themselves, but as a player, I could affect the result on the mat. This is how the game works – the coach can only give advice; it is the player who has to execute it to perfection.”

The Dabang Delhi K.C. missed out on a spot in the semi-finals after a close fight with Patna Pirates in Eliminator 1 in the recently-concluded Season 10.

Sharing his team’s preparations ahead of the new season, Narwal said, “Most players continue their training during their off-season. They work hard and also participate in local tournaments for their respective domestic teams when the season is not in session. I also have a lot of youngsters who practice with me so I help them with their training.”

With the PKL returning to the previous format of playing across all the 12 home cities in Season 10, Joginder Narwal spoke about the advantages of the same, “Returning to the old format was exciting but also challenging. All the teams got to play in front of their fans. The weather conditions and environment changes with each location and every team had to adapt to that. However, it was important for the players to have an experience of travelling to all 12 cities.”

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