[Source: RIAZ AHMED]
A superb hat trick by man of the match Irfan Junejo, FC Rovers’ star left winger, helped FC Rovers overwhelm hosts Shah Faisal Nazimabad 5-0 in the final to win the All Karachi Rose Invitation Football Tournament as well as a cash prize of Rs 10,000 awarded by Rose Beauty Parlour media manager, Tariq Raees Firogh. In the semis, FC Rovers had beaten Nazimabad Sports while Shah Faisal Nazimabad had overcome Jiye Laal to reach the final where Malir Cantt side Rovers overcame the hosts in a one-sided final. Shah Faisal received runners up prize of Rs 5,000.
In the 9th minute left winger Irfan Junejo gave Rovers the lead which was doubled barely 5 minutes later by striker Abdullah. The score remained 2-0 at half time as Rovers dominated the game from the start. The 2nd half was no different as Shah Faisal’s goalkeeper Hameed Alam could not contain the aggressive forward line of FC Rovers. Further goals from Sikander Butt, and two more from Irfan Junejo helped complete the 5-0 humiliation for the hosts. The match referee was Babar Ali with assistants Taimur Khan and Muhammad Haroon while match commissioner was Sadiq Shah.
Upon the final whistle Rose Beauty Parlour’s media manager Tariq Raees Firogh presented winners’ trophy to FC Rovers skipper Usama Noor, runners up trophy to Shah Faisal’s international Agha Saeed, man of the final award worth Rs 1000 to Irfan Junjo, as well as honourary shields to the organising committee for the tounament. Mr Firogh was full of praise for such a successful football tournament and its participants and vowed to continue supporting such future endeavours.
Alongside Tariq Raees Firogh, other guests witnessing the final included Mirza Nafees Baig – Assistant Director of Rose Beauty Parlour, sports journalist Riaz Ahmed, Central Zone members Abdul Karim, Lala Aurangzeb, Adam Jan, Muhammad Sharif, Secretary Referees Central Zone – Khalid Majeed, Jan Muhammad Jan, Haji Shamim, Organising Secretary – Muhammad Bashir, Member West Zone – Muhammad Ali Baloch, Sadiq Shah etc were all present.