Pakistan overpowers Colombia in Socca World Cup warm-ups

Pakistan overpowers Colombia in Socca World Cup warm-ups

Karachi, October 13: Pakistan socca team recorded a 2-1 victory against their counterparts from Colombia in a Socca World Cup warm-up game in Crete, Greece.

According to information made available here, Gohar Zaman and Mohammad Waheed scored one goal each to give Pakistan an important pep-up victory before the team begins tournament proper campaign on October 14 with a match against Slovenia. Waheed was declared Man of the Match.

The team’s coach Kevin Reeves expressed satisfaction over team’s performance and hoped that the team would put the same show in their group matches. Reeves has named Karim Kerai as captain of the team.

Pakistan are placed in Group ‘H’ along with Slovenia, Germany, Hungary and Romania. After a match against Slovenia, Pakistan will then take on Romania on October 15. On October 16, Pakistan will clash with a strong Germany team, which won the inaugural edition of the Socca World Cup last year in Portugal. In its last group match, Pakistan will take on Hungary on October 17.

The semifinals, third place play-off and the summit clash will be played on October 20. The closing ceremony will also be held on the same day.

Leisure Leagues COO Ishaq Shah said that the warm-up game victory was very important for the team as they will now have a believe that that if they can do it once, they can surely be able to do it again.

“This warm-up victory will prove to be very important for our Socca World Cup campaign. It has given self-confidence to our players. I am very hopeful that our boys have all the potential to repeat their impressive performance in matches to come,” he said.

Published in The News, 14 October 2019