Mushtaq Academy wins KUYFL final

Mushtaq Academy wins KUYFL final

The 2nd Karachi United U14 Youth Football League 2012, organised by the Karachi United Football Foundation (KUFF), reached a successful conclusion on 15 July 2012 when Mushtaq Ahmed Memorial Football Academy (Usmanabad) stunned hosts KUFF North Nazimabad Centre in the final 1-0 to be crowned KUYFL champions in Paposh, Karachi.

A lone goal from Mushtaq Memorial Academy captain Munir Munna decided the tie as KUFF North Nazimabad’s winning streak of 9 consecutive KUYFL wins this season came to an abrupt end in the final. Referees were Babar Khan, Sabir Baloch, Ameer Ali, and match commissioner Muhammad Shehzad.

Mushtaq Memorial Academy had previous beaten Baloch Mujahid Academy 4-3 on penalties while KUFF North Nazimabad had beaten KUFF Malir 4-1 in the semi-finals. The final was attended by a packed crowed with chief guests KUFF trustee Adeel Rizki and Sindh Sports Board director Mushtaq Ahmed. Other guests included former national team captain Muhammad Naqi Khan, officials from DFA East and DFA Central, KUFF directors, KUFF head coach Arshad Jamal and KUFF administrator & media manager Riaz Ahmed.

Munir Munna was awarded KUYFL Best Player prize for his outstanding performance throughout the tournament while Muhammad Ubaid was given Top Scorer shield. Mushtaq Memorial Academy won the champion’s trophy and Rs 15,000 prize while KUFF North Nazimabad got runners-up trophy and Rs 10,000.

Adeel Rizki spoke about KUFF’s plans to host the 3rd edition of Karachi United Youth Football League in first week of October this year whereby the tournament will be expanded from 10 to 16 academy teams from across Karachi. After Eid-ul-Fitr, all U14 players going to partake in 3rd KUYFL will face scrutiny and be issued authorised cards to block participation of any over-age players.

SSB director Mushtaq Ahmed praised Karachi United’s renewed efforts to promote youth development and promised complete support from Sindh Sports Board in the following month onwards to ensure greater youth football promotion.