Karachi United kickoff National Women Championship with win

Karachi United kickoff National Women Championship with win

The 12th National Women Football Championship 2019 officially began today, 29 November, with Karachi United thrashing Mohsen Gilani Women FC 5-0 on opening day. PFF Normalisation Committee chairman Humza Khan was chief guest as he kicked off the event at Karachi United Ground in Clifton, Karachi.

The Group 3 fixture saw a one-sided game with Karachi United women racing to a 4-0 lead at half time with superior passing and finishing. Naina opened the scoring after only 3 minutes played which Naqia doubled by the 10th minute. Fatima made it 3-0 in 19th minute before Zoya made it 4-0 just 5 minutes later when her shot left Mohsen Gilani WFC goalkeeper Sobia Mehfooz with no chance.

Mohsen Gilani WFC performed better in the 2nd half to deny Karachi United more goals, yet eventually Fatima scored her second to make it 5-0 in 59th minute and the score remained the same in the end.

Match referee was Younas Lal alongside Rashid Abdullah, Shaukat Hussain, and Noor Alam. Javed Bangash was Referees Assessor with Abdul Karim as match commissioner. Alongside NC chairman Humza Khan, other guests at the opening day match were tournament coordinator Riaz Ahmed, Talib Hussain, Jamil Ahmed Hoot, Taha Alizai and others.

Tomorrow on Saturday, 30 November, the other Group 3 fixture at Karachi United Ground features Karachi Kickers WFC face CDWFC.

Groups 1 and 2 fixtures begin 2-3 December at KMC Ground, Groups 4 and 5 fixtures also 2-3 December at MTFC Ground Lahore, Group 6 in Rawalpindi from 2 December, and Group 7 also in Rawalpindi from 8 December.

Press release via Riaz Ahmed.

Dawn adds:

KARACHI: Karachi United opened the National Women’s Football Championship on Friday with a 5-0 thumping of Mohsen Gilani FC at the Karachi United Stadium here on Friday.

The result helped United take early charge of the five-team Group 3 of the qualification round which is being played in Karachi. Groups 1 and 2 are also being staged in Karachi with Lahore hosting Groups 4 and 5 and Rawalpindi Groups 6 and 7.

United raced into a 4-0 lead at halftime with Naina, Naqia, Fatima and Zoya scoring. Fatima added a second goal with Mohsen Gilani FC showing a more compact performance in the second half.

The other teams in Group 3 are CD SS FC, Karachi Kickers and Sindh.

Group 1 comprises Jafa FC, Karachi FC and Naseem Hameed FC while Diya FC, Balochistan and Football School of Excellence make up Group 2. Play in those two pools begins next week.

Wapda, CJM Sialkot and Young Rising Star Layyah are in Group 4 while Punjab, Model Town and Higher Education Commission have been drawn in Group 5.

Young Rising Star Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Gilgit-Baltistan will compete in Group 6 with Army, Frontier FC, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Hawks FC all vying in Group 7.

The championship is the first domestic event started by the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Normalisation Commit­tee which was appointed by FIFA in September this year.

PFF Normalisation Committee chairman Humza Khan was in attendance at the opening fixture.

The qualification round ends on Dec 12, with the final round being played in Islamabad afterwards.

Published in Dawn, November 30th, 2019