Karachi Football Round-up

Modern FC Hyderabad won the inaugural game of the 1st All-Karachi Hakim Ali Memorial Football Tournament hosted by Young Azad FC (Orangi 6) when they beat the hosts 3-0 at Islamia Sports Ground in Orangi 6, Karachi.

Modern FC striker Saddam Hussain scored all three goals for his side and was declared man of the match for his superb hat-trick. He gave his side the lead after 15 minutes, then doubled their lead after half-time with a goal in 41st minute from a Saleem corner kick, before wrapping up the points in 57th minute from a Saeed Mughal pass. Referee was Imran Hussain with assistants Ishaq Usman and M. Umar Baloch.

Mr Shakil Abbasi was chief guest for the game as he met both sides at half time, opened the tournament with customary kick of a football, and handed out prizes to the sides at the end of the match. Many Zone East FA members were present including Syed Usman Shah, M. Rahim, Zameer us Salam, tournament organiser M. Ramzan (Pir Jee), journalist Riaz Ahmed et al.

On Wednesday 4 May 2011, Lal Sports (Dalmia) face Gulistan Friends (Korangi).


Hakim Ali Memorial report


Khyber Muslim FC (Baldia Town) held an honorary meeting at the local committee hall with Baldia Town administrator Athar Saeed as chief guest. The guest praised Khyber Muslim’s performance in winning the All-Karachi Rangers Cup trophy with Rs 500,000 cash prize, and talked about the club’s history of producing many international footballers like Bilal Afridi (Pakistan Navy), Abdul Waheed and Amir Khan (KPT) over the last many years, noting that Baldia Town has a lot of football talent that must be utilised to create even more international players.

Athar Saeed also promised that Khyber Muslim will soon be provided a dedicated football ground in collaboration with Zone West FA to help the club’s future.

Many guests were also present at the occasion with some speaking to the audience and praising Khyber Muslim’s remarkable acheivements. Zone West members Iqbal Minhas, Zafar Iqbal, Rahim Bakhsh, Khyber Muslim FC officials Abid Hussain Bhatti, Nasir Khan Afridi, Muhammad Azhar, Munsif Khan Afridi, journalist and stage secretary for meeting Riaz Ahmed, Khalid Majeed et al. attended and spoke. The speakers praised the legacy of the club’s late chairman Syed Liaquat Shah who urged Khyber Muslim to participate in the event before his untimely death in road accident, after which Khyber Muslim stromed its way to win the final.

After the meeting, Khyber Muslim officials divided the Rs 500,000 cash prize with Rs 400,000 being rewarded to its guest players Muhammad Baloch (Shazad Mohammadan, Malir) with 7 goals, Noor Mengal (Young Ittehad, Baldia) with 4 goals, Noor Bakhsh (Shazad Mohammadan), and Azhar Saleh (Khan Muhammad Memorial, Baldia) who all played for Khyber Muslim in the Rangers Cup event and performed exceptionally well. Each of the players received Rs 20,000 from the cash prize amount as well as distributing club track suits and kits among the players


Khyber Muslim meeting report


The 6th All-Karachi Saqib Kazmi Memorial Floodlit Football Tournament will begin on 8 May, featuring 16 top teams from across Karachi in knock-out format. Colony Star FC (North Karachi) will be tournameny hosts accoring to organising secretary Saad Kazmi. The opening fixture sees Babu Sports (Banaras) face hosts Colony Star, with New Karachi Town administrator Syed Kamal being chief guest. Memar Sports will be defending its title as it beat Nazimabad FC in last year’s final.


Saqib Kazmi Memorial report