The 8th Karachi Football League 2010-11 saw the completion of its 90 scheduled group stage games on Saturday 12 March 2011 at Baloch Mujahid Stadium in Ibrahim Hyderi, Karachi. The final two Group ‘A’ games saw Young Ansari fight hard to capitalise on Karachi United’s defeat to qualify for quarter-finals at the expense of the much-fancied KFL organisers.
The already qualified Baloch Mujahid showed their class as they raced to a 2-0 lead within 50 minutes thanks to goals by Muhammad Hanif and Muhammad Rizwan. Rehan Munir put one in for Karachi United with 15 minutes left, but Umer Bakhsh broke KUFC hearts as he made it 3-1 in 80th minute. A stoppage time goal by Usman Iqbal was not enough for Karachi United, who needed at least a point to have the advantage over Young Ansari, as they lost 3-2 in the end.
The next game saw Hameed Afridi in inspirational form for Young Ansari as he scored his 2nd hat-trick of the tournament with a 4 goal burst against the hard working Malir Union side as he helped his side win 4-3 at the end in a tense encounter. Despite having nothing to play for but pride, Malir Union gave Young Ansari a very tough time but failed to deal with KFL top scorer Hameed Afridi as goals from Sheraz Khan, Muhammad Asif and Abid Ali could not stop Young Ansari from qualifying to the next round.
Hameed Afridi now tops the KFL 2010-11 goal scoring charts with 13 goals ahead of Kalri Star’s Muhammad Habib who now is 2nd with 12 goals. The results left Baloch Mujahid top Group ‘A’, Young Ansari in 2nd, Chanesar Blue 3rd, and Baloch Youth Garden in 4th place, while Group ‘B’ sees Kalri Star top, Mauripur Baloch 2nd, Al-Shabaz Korangi 3rd, and Shazad Mohammadan 4th.
The quarter finals will be played on 13-15 March, semi-finals on 20th March, and final on 27th March alongside 3rd place game the same day.
8th KARACHI FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2010-2011
Venue: Baloch Mujahid Stadium – Ibrahim Hydri
Baloch Mujahid defeated Karachi United 3-2 (1-0)
Baloch Mujahid 3: M. Hanif 16, M. Rizwan 50, Umer Bakhsh 80
Karachi United 2: Rehand Munir 76, Usman Iqbal 91
Man of the Match M. Hanif (Baloch Mujahid)
Young Ansari beat Malir Union 4-3 (3-2)
Young Ansari 4: Hameed Afridi (4) 29,35,40,58
Malir Union 3: Sheraz Khan 28, Mohammad Asif 39, Abid Ali 83
Man of the Match Hameed Afridi of Young Ansari. Hameed Afridi top scorer of 13 goals including two hat tricks.
Baloch Mujahid, Young Ansari, Chanesar Blue and Baloch Youth Garden qualfied for Quarter final from Group ‘A’ while Kalri Star, Mauripur Baloch, Al-Shabaz Korangi and Shazad Mohammadan Malir from Group ‘B’.
1. Mauripur Baloch vs Chanesar Blue on 13.3.2011
2. Baloch Mujahid vs Shazad Mohammadan on 13.3.2011
3. Kalri Star Lyari vs Baloch Youth Garden on 14.3.2011 at 4:00 pm
4. Al-Shabaz Korangi vs Young Ansari on 15.3.2011 at 4:00 pm
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