6th National Women Football Championship: Islamabad, Punjab University enter semi finals

Lahore, 2 August : Five-goal Mejzgaan Orakzai showed brilliant goal-scoring power as Islamabad moved into the semi-final of sixth National Women Football Championship last night at Jinnah Stadium, Islamabad. They thrashed Khyber Pakhtoon Khawa (formerly NWFP) 12-0 in the first quarter final. Later on, in the second quarter-final, National Champions 2007 Sports Sciences eliminated Karachi’s Diya Club 2-0 with two first half goals.

Daughter of Islamabad FA President Dr. Fazal Ur Rehman, Orakzai is current leading scorer with seven goals. She smashed five goals in thumping win while Shumila managed three goals in the match, becoming first hat-trick maker of the show.

Orakzai, silver medalist in the 2006 event, gave Islamabad 10th minute lead and added further goals in the 26th, 30th, 60th and 66th minute, becoming second hat-trick maker after midfielder Shumila who recorded hat-trick in the nine-minute spell. Her goals went into scoreboard in the 14th, 19th and 22nd minute.

Midfielder Naval raised her tally to three with two goals in the match in the 17th and 39th minute. Winger Muniza Shahid and front-runner Abeha Haider completed the rout with goals in the 55th and 61st minute respectively.

Punjab University’s Sports Sciences Department, who lost to Iran’s Malavan Bandar Anzali last year, took another giant towards final when they defeated Diya FC 2-0. Striker Ayesha Hassan, dangerous striker of University team, struck her fourth goal of the 12-team show when she rose above everybody to head winger Hira Dawood’s cross past Diya keeper in the third minute. It was big set back for Diya who conceded another goal in the 17th minute when Shagufat Akhtar cut in from left and slammed the ball into left corner. It was Shagufa’s third goal of the event.

Diya had also created chances but striker Hajra Khan missed real chances in the 23rd and 56th minute while winger Maryam Laghari floored opportunities in the 21st and 46th minute. There will be no match on Tuesday. The semi-finals are being scheduled for 4 August while third-place match and final will be played on 5 August.