PPFL: Muslim FC fights for survival [Express Tribune]

PPFL: Muslim FC fights for survival [Express Tribune]

Sports Correspondent – Express Tribune

KARACHI: Muslim FC overcame debutants Lyallpur FC 2-1 in the Pakistan Premier Football League (PPFL) at Faisal Town Ground in Lahore on Wednesday.

Lyallpur FC, who are facing relegation after being on 14th position among 16 teams, contained Muslim FC in the first half.

They carried on with a more defensive game; however Muslim FC’s Mohammad Tahir scored the opening goal in the 79th minute.

Saeed Rehman sealed the victory for Muslim FC in the first minute of the injury-time, with Lyallpur FC replying with Abdul Razzaq’s goal a minute later. After the result, Muslim FC continued on sixth place with 43 points after 26 matches. This was their 12th win in the season.

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Meanwhile, KESC will look forward to extend their lead in a crucial match against NBP at the Model Town Ground in Lahore on Thursday.

KESC continue to lead the table with 55 points after defeating Baloch FC 1-0 on Tuesday. They have won 16 out of the 26 matches played so far, drawn seven and lost only two. Baloch FC remain on 15th position with 19 points.

As the competition narrows down to the top sides in the league, HBL will take on Wapda today.

According to Wapda coach Tanveer Ahmed, all teams are now competing for the top five spots.

He said that Wapda have a good chance of finishing the league among the top three, while KESC and KRL will be their toughest competitors.

“Our key match will be against KESC next month,” Ahmed told The Express Tribune.

“KRL will also want to retain the title, and PAF have improved a lot as well. So for us the key is to win every match.

“It’s going to be a battle for the top five positions, while six teams will be relegated this year. It’s the teams like Army that can cause few upsets now.”

Published in The Express Tribune, January 16th, 2014.