National U23 C’ship round up [The Nation, The News]

National U23 C’ship round up [The Nation, The News]

National U-23 Football C’ship  inaugurated

LAHORE – The National U-23 Football Championship 2021 was inaugurated by Syed Ashfaq Hussain at Kunch Football House Ground Abbottabad.

Sardar Naveed Haider, Naveed Akram and Ch Faqir Muhammad, Shahid Khan Shanwari, Ch Muhammad Saleem, Tariq Mahmood, Israr Bacha and a large number of people were also present on the occasion. Organizing Secretary Adil Jadoon presented the tournament report.

All the teams performed the march past during the opening ceremony. Three matches will be played on Monday (4 July). In the first match, Balochistan Bazigar will play with Punjab Warriors, KP Hazara Stars will take on Khyber Eagles in the second match while the third match will take place between Shah-e-Punjab and Islamabad Tigers.

Total 12 teams from across the country are taking part in the championship and have been divided into four groups.

Group-A – Sindh Qalandars, KP Falcon and Kashmir Kings; Group-B – Balochistan Bazigar, Punjab Warriors and Gilgit Markhors, Group-C – KP Hazara Stars, Balochistan Zorawar and Khyber Eagles; Group-D – Shah-e-Punjab, Sindh Saints and Islamabad Tigers.

Published in The Nation, 5 July 2021

Two matches decided in National U-23 Football

LAHORE – Two matches were decided while the third one ended in a draw on the second day of the National U-23 Football Tournament at Kunch Football Ground Abbottabad.

According to information made available here, the match between Gilgit-Baltistan Markhor and Balochistan Bazigar ended in a goalless draw.

In the second match, Islamabad Tiger defeated Shah-e-Punjab 1-0. Islamabad Tiger took 1-0 lead in the first half, when Mustansir scored a lone goal of the match for Islamabad in the 22nd minute.

The third match saw KPK Eagle beating Hazara Star 2-1. Imam scored the first goal for KPK Eagle and Zubair doubled the margin while Sardar Abbas reduced the margin 2-1 in the dying moments of the match.

Published in The Nation, 6 July 2021

Kings enter quarter final of U23 football

ISLAMABAD: Kashmir Kings entered the quarter-final of the National Under-23 Football Championship, beating KP Falcons 1-0 at Kunch Football Ground in Abbottabad.

Two teams fought well and were tied 0-0 at the end of the first half. In the 58th minute, Ibrar scored the lone goal for Kashmir King which turned out to be the decisive one.

Published in The News, 7 July 2021