WAPDA work hard to beat pace-setter Afghan: Army, HBL, PAF earn clear-cut triumphs

Lahore, 12 October: Pakistan Premier Football League to decide National Champion of Pakistan for 2010 and to dig out Pakistani representative for 7th AFC President’s Cup resumed on Tuesday after one-day rest with four matches.

WAPDA enhanced their points to 25 points with 1-0 win over ten-men Afghan FC at Garhi Shahu’s Railway Stadium, Lahore. It was clash between pace-setters – two teams on top of League with Afghan still in second spot with 20 points. The match saw FIFA Referee Shafaat Habib ejected Afghan’s midfielder Wali Muhammadan for a dangerous foul in the 33rd minute forcing Chaman outfit to play rest of 57 minutes with ten men. Despite the sending off, Chaman fought gallantly and the only goal they conceded was created by Jacobabad combination in the 69th minute after 0-0 first half. Substitute Khuda Bakhsh tapped the ball on the path of Zulfiqar Shah whose first timer went into roof of the net, leaving keeper and captain Jehangir Khan no chance. Youth International Jehangir, younger brother of Pakistan skipper Muhammad Essa, had played brilliantly and foiled several WAPDA attempts. Afghan had suffered further frustration in the 78th minute when their manager was also asked to leave the arena by Shafaat for shouting too much on officials.

HBL finally earned their first win when they overpowered Young Blood 2-0 Rai Ali Nawaz Stadium, near Fareed Town Police Station, Sahiwal. Yousuf Khan-managed team struck both the goals in the first session. They got lucky break in the third minute when an own goal surged them ahead. Winger Zakir Lashari’s cross left YBFC’s defenders in confusion and double- minded stopper Amir Yaqoob clipped the ball past his own keeper. Skilful midfielder Khayal Muhammad doubled the margin in the 44th minute. HBL led 2-0 at interval and there was no scoring in second session.

Army came into their own for the first time in competition, thrashing KPT 4-0 at Municipal Stadium, Saidpur Road, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi. Their hero was opportunist striker Imran Hussain who played for Pakistan in SAFF Championship 2005 and was leading scorer of PPFL in same year. Imran hit the target in the 37th and 61st minute. Army were 1-0 up at interval and their other two goals appeared in the dying seconds. Midfielder Ansar Abbas made it 3-0 in the final minute of game and it was left to winger Sharjeel Vicky to complete the rout with fourth in the injury time 90+1 minute. It turned out to be a disappointing game for Portmen as their defender Muhammad Jamil was also expelled from the field by former FIFA Ref Jehangir Khan in the 48th minute.

With Muhammad Junaid in thrilling form, PAF prove too smart for NBP in 2-0 win at Qayyum Stadium, near Saddar, Bara Road, Peshawar Cantt. FIFA referee Muhammad Ali Jr also flashed the Red Card in this match, asking NBP’s Ata Ullah to find his way towards dressing room in the 40th minute. The bankers somehow managed to hold airmen 0-0 at interval but crumbled under tense pressure in the second session with Arif Nawaz snatching the 52nd minute opener. Muhammad Mujahid’s header off Arshad’s corner was another blow to NBP in the 83rd minute as they lost 0-2.

Wednesday (13 October) Fixture:

PMC Athletico Club v SSGC (PMC Football Ground, Faisalabad 3.30 PM)
PEL v Baloch FC, Nushki (Model Town Football Academy Ground, Lahore 3.30 PM)
Navy v KESC (Municipal Stadium, Saidpur Road, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi 1 PM)
KRL v PIA (Municipal Stadium, Saidpur Road, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi 3.30 PM)

Pakistan Premier Football League


Tuesday (12 Oct 2010)

WAPDA 1 (Zulfiqar Ali Shah 69)

Afghan FC 0

at Garhi Shahu’s Railway Stadium, Lahore

Young Blood 0 HBL 2 (Own Goal by Young Blood’s Amir Yaqoob 3, Khayal Muhammad 44)

at Rai Ali Nawaz Stadium, near Fareed Town Police Station, Sahiwal

Army 4 (Imran Hussain 2- 37,61, Ansar Abbas 89, Sharjeel Vicky 90+1)


At Municipal Stadium, Saidpur Road, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi

PAF 2 ( Arif Nawaz 52, Muhammad Mujahid 83)
At Qayyum Stadium, near Saddar, Bara Road, Peshawar Cantt

From the desk of :

PPFL Match Commissioner Mian Rizwan Ali


Pakistan Premier Football League

………POINTS TABLE after 68 Encounters

(Deadline : 13 October 2010 : 12 Noon)

Teams              P          W        D        L         GF        GA       Pts

WAPDA              9          8          1          –          29          5          25

Afghan FC           9          6          2          1          15          6          20

KPT                     9          5          1          3          16          13          16

PIA                       8          4          3          1          11          7          15

Army                  9          4          2          3          11          5          14

PEL                      8          4          2          2          13          13          14

KRL                     8          3          4          1          7          4          13

PAF                      9          3          3          3          6          7          12

Baloch FC           8          2          4          2          7          5          10

KESC                   8          2          3          3          8          7          9

Navy                     8          2          3          3          5          9          9

Young Blood      9          2          2          5          10          21          8

NBP                       9          1          4          3          9          16          7

PMC                     8          2          –          6          5          13          6

HBL                     9          1          2          6          6          13          5

SSGC                   8          –          2          6          6          20          2

Matches to come : 172