SNGPL frustrate PAF with 2-2 draw [The News]

SNGPL frustrate PAF with 2-2 draw [The News]

KARACHI: Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) dented Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) title hopes when they held them 2-2 in their crucial game of the 12th Pakistan Premier Football League here at KPT Stadium on Saturday.

With the single point, PAF moved to 48 points with only a game against Nushki’s Baloch FC in hand.

SNGPL took lead through Shahzeb Masood in the fifth minute.

However, three minutes later PAF leveled the score through Mohammad Mujahid. In the 11th minute, international striker Mansoor Khan put PAF on the front foot.

At half-time, PAF were leading 2-1. In 2nd half, SNGPL went down to 10-men when Abdul Qahir got sent off for two quick yellow cards in 55th minute.

In the 68th minute, Abdul Wasay brought the parity for SNGPL with a solid goal.

PAF Assistant Manager Mohammad Arshad blamed referees for his team’s failure.

“Referees’ standard was too poor,” Arshad told ‘The News’.

Meanwhile in the other fixture at the same venue, Chaman’s Muslim FC crushed Chaman’s Afghan FC 4-0 to take their points to 25 from the same number of matches.

Qudrat Ullah gave Muslim FC the lead after 41 minutes before Muhammad Hanif doubled it in 54th minute. Sirajuddin made it 3-0 in 72nd minute before Hanif scored his second of the day in stoppage time.

The win guarantees Muslim FC a place in next season’s PPFL. Afghan FC are also safe for another PPFL outing next season.

Here at KMC Stadium, Karachi Port Trust (KPT) registered a much-needed win when they edged past National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) 2-1 to take their points to 17 from 24 matches.

Arsalan Asif opened the scoring in 19th minute for KPT before NBP equalised in 52nd minute through Zain ul Abideen.

It was left to KPT veteran Zafar Majeed to grab the winner in 86th minute to give them 3 precious points as they keep pressure on SNGPL in trying avoid relegation.

Published in The News, 6 January 2019