Bhubaneswar, Nov 28 (LocalWire) Opening its campaign in the 14th Men’s Hockey World Cup (HWC), India will take on South Africa at a high voltage match at Kalinga Stadium here on Wednesday.
The Pool-C match is scheduled to start at 7 pm.
Team India is being led by captain Manpreet Singh, while Odisha is hoping high on local boys Birendra Lakra and Amit Rohidas.
Hours before the beginning of their opening match, chief coach Harendra Singh visited Lord Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar to pray for his team.
The 19-day tournament will start with Belgium and Canada locking horns in a Pool-C match at 5 pm on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Barabati Stadium in Cuttack is all set to host the World Cup Celebrations event Wednesday evening where Odisha will witness performances by Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, music maestro AR Rahman and Baahubali famed actor Prabhas.