WAPDA crush PAF to move into semis [The News]

WAPDA crush PAF to move into semis [The News]

KARACHI: Pakistan’s most consistent team WAPDA blasted their way into the semi-finals after inflicting a crushing 3-0 defeat on defending champions Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in the first quarter-final of the National Football Challenge Cup 2019 at the Tehmas Khan Football Stadium, Peshawar on Monday.

It was a poor day for the strong PAF who failed to capitalise on a few chances which came their way. Ashfaq Uddin, who hit the double, was the hero for WAPDA as he slotted home in the 32nd and 75th minute. Earlier, Usman Manzoor put WAPDA ahead in the 29th minute.

Meanwhile, in Group B, Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) defeated Navy 2-1 with both the sides progressing to the quarter-finals. SSGC finished the three-team pool with four points. Navy wrapped up the league stage with three points. PTV was the other team in the group.

It was a tough game with both sides offering solid resistance to each other. SSGC went ahead in the 10th minute through international striker Saadullah. Zakir Lashari doubled their lead in the 19th minute.

The other teams to have reached the quarter-finals are Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA), Army, Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) and Police.

In the second quarter-final on Tuesday (today), SSGC will face PCAA. On Wednesday (tomorrow), KRL will face Police while Army will meet Navy in the quarter-finals.

Published in The News, 30 July 2019

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PESHAWAR: Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC), Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Army and Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) completed the quarter-finals line-up at the National Challenge Cup here at the Tehmas Khan Football Stadium on Sunday.

SSGC edged past Navy 2-1 in their final Group ‘B’ game with Zakir Lashari scoring a last-gasp winner to finish top of their section with four points, one ahead of their opponents. SSGC took the lead through Saadullah’s 37th-minute goal before Navy levelled when Farhman Ullah scored at the start of the second half.

Pakistan Television (PTV) ended third in the three-team group with a solitary point.

Army won Group ‘C’, ending on seven points after three matches following a 2-2 draw with PCAA who ended runners-up with five points. PCAA took the lead through Mohammad Waheed in the sixth minute but Mohammad Nasir levelled matters six minutes later. Nasir scored his second in the 51st to put Army in front but Waheed also completed a brace, scoring in the 63rd to secure a point for his side.

PFF Tigers ended third in the group with two points, one ahead of Pakistan Railways who finished on one.

In the quarter-finals, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) will face Wapda, SSGC will clash with PCAA, Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) meet Pakistan Police and Army play Navy.

Published in Dawn, July 30th, 2019