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Pakistan create history. Win SAFF U16 Championship final

Pakistan U16 lift SAFF U16 Cup 2011 trophy in Nepal

The Dasarath Rangsala Stadium in Nepal witnessed a historic moment for Pakistani football as the young green guns battled hard to beat India 2-1 in the final of 1st ever SAFF U16 Football Championship today, 10 August 2011. Goals from midfielder Muhammad Zeeshan and star striker Mansoor Khan proved to much for India to overcome as they went down once again in the tournament to a determined and resolute Pakistan U16 side.

This win marks the first time in five years that Pakistan has won a football event at any age level, since the 2006 South Asian Games football gold for Pakistan U23 under great Bahraini coach Salman Ahmed Sharida. The Pak U16 coaching staff of head coach Sajjad Mehmood and Hassan Baloch deserve full credit for the win as they defied all odds and hampered preparations before the tournament to guide the Green Guns to a historic win today. Many congrats to the Pakistan team, players, fans, and officials of Pakistan Football Federation (PFF).

M Zeeshan Pak vs India SAFF U16 final, 1st goal

Earlier the day, hosts Nepal left it late to beat Bangladesh 2-1 to finish 3rd in tournament. A large Nepali crowd was in full voice and cheering on Pakistan from the first whistle as the Indo-Pak rivals began another round against each other in football. Both sides looked determined and focused for the win, but it was Pakistan who drew first blood in 23rd minute as Muhammad Zeeshan’s speculative shot completely fooled India goalie Supritam and found the back of the net to put initial tournament favourites India behind once again. India went in hard again and managed to score just before half time through the impressive and hardworking Daniel Lalhlimpua to equalise.

But 5 minutes into the second half, a goalmouth scramble in India’s box from a Pakistani corner saw Pak star striker Mansoor Khan sneak in a goal and shock India once again. The 2-1 Pakistani lead forced India to go aggressive on Pakistan’s defence and came close a few times. But Pakistani defence led by captain Muneer and goalkeeper Usman Khan held firm as they ran the clock down. India’s desperate attempts proved futile as after nervy final minutes, Pakistan were crowned South Asian U16 football champions after going undefeated and only conceding one goal the entire tournament!

Mansoor Khan’s performances this tournament has won him many fans across South Asia as he was declared best player overall. Pakistan U16 will now return to Karachi tomorrow 11 Aug 2011 at 7:20 PM at Karachi airport.

May this team win more glory and keep our flag flying.

Pakistan Zindabad.

 

p.s. Special thanks to GoalNepal.Com for providing great coverage for the tournament, and special thanks to the Nepali people for their immense support to Pakistan throughout this tournament. Special thanks to India for battling hard despite the set-backs, and of course special thanks to our fans who believed in us!

 

PFF MEDIA CELL adds:

 

Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, President Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) is expressing pleasure on the outstanding performance of Pakistan U-16 Football team and officials by wining SAFF U-16 Championship.

According to the press release issued here by PFF, on this great occasion of historical win, the President PFF announced cash award of Rs. 30 lac (Rupees Thirty Lac) for the young team of Pakistan. This benevolent act of the President PFF shall greatly boost the moral of the U-16 Team and they in their future endeavor shall play like heroes on the field.

This U-16 players’ historical win has not only brought laurels to the game of football but has also made nation proud by twice beating Indian team. Therefore, PFF requests the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Chief Ministers of all the provinces and multinational institutions, banks and philanthropist to come forward and encourage these young national heroes by announcing attractive cash awards, so that these players in their humble way continue shining the name of Pakistan.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dr.gauhar Gauhar Mahmood Azeem

    Pakistan Zindabad

    • Anonymous

      Lahore, Thursday, August 11, 2011

      Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, President Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) is expressing pleasure on the outstanding performance of Pakistan U-16 Football team and officials by wining SAFF U-16 Championship.

      According to the press release issued here by PFF, on this great occasion of historical win, the President PFF announced cash award of Rs. 30 lac (Rupees Thirty Lac) for the young team of Pakistan. This benevolent act of the President PFF shall greatly boost the moral of the U-16 Team and they in their future endeavor shall play like heroes on the field.

      This U-16 players’ historical win has not only brought laurels to the game of football but has also made nation proud by twice beating Indian team. Therefore, PFF requests the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Chief Ministers of all the provinces and multinational institutions, banks and philanthropist to come forward and encourage these young national heroes by announcing attractive cash awards, so that these players in their humble way continue shining the name of Pakistan.

      • Abdulsidd

        Instead of giving them this money, the PFF should use it to invest in their future, by establishing an academy for them and providing them with training camps abroad.

  • Malangbadshah

    ha ha ha ha ha …. I wonder no indian is here today to comment on the story….

    great effort team Pakistan…..

    Pakistan zinda baad – Pakistan payinda baad

    May ALLAH give a lot more successes to Pakistan team (Aamin)

    • Tashi

      Hum hai dude…..ab band karo tumhari khushiyan…huh!

  • Irfanmalik90

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD…………..paki tigers wow

  • SHEIKH MOHAMMAD SIDDIQUE QADRI

    i have no words in the honor of u 16 team but i must say that there is must a team behind the team because i was there when trails were taken all the coaches done well like Mr rasheed from railway done great job with shahzad anwar and pff gave the full hand for selection of players so its all credit goes to pff who trust the all team .when ever the selection of players were on merit the result is excellent so please for GOD sake keep going the merit selection.we have talent we are best in the world.we can play world cup why not? please trust our boys. Don’t import players. Don’t import coach trust your players and coaches but at merit.also give proper time to the teams and coaches for showing their best performance with full hand and equipment and all Facilities.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dr.gauhar Gauhar Mahmood Azeem

      merit ki dhajyan humaray coach hi nikaltay

    • Anonymous

      jab tak Pakistan ki apni football ka system aur standard sahi nahin hoga, tab tak locals par koi merit nahin hoga!

      unless these U16 players get to play in foreign clubs and pro leagues, they will not improve and realise their potential.

      Football is an INTERNATIONAL game. local football ka Pakistan mein bura haal hai!

  • Karamatnaqash

    geo pakistn

  • Hamza

    Great effort from the boys, Hopefully the up and coming talent is nurtured and not wasted by the PFF.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=691840359 Syed Humayoo

    CONGRATS guys .. we are proud of you … :”)

  • kashif imran

    Congrats Guys

    Pakistan Zindabad

    14 AUGUST GIFT

  • Ahmadkhan456

    mansoor khan the hero of pakistan football………………….
    he is playing from mardan football club since last 2 years
    mansoor klhan rock

  • Aasdf

    chak de pakistan….well done pakistan…ttttttttttttuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr india

    • sar-indian

      Its not chak de pakistan but chakde India..

      • Amjad Khan

        You ediot sar-indian – chak de is a word/phrase…. not everything in this world is what your bollywood movies say…

        & you dont have a copy right for this word…

        Chak de Pakistan !!!

  • MQ

  • MQ
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  • Abdulsidd

    MashaAllah, what a great victory. Very well done by the youngsters and coaches.

    Shahnawaz, we need you to get some clubs to watch these youngsters during the AFC U16 qualifiers next month.

    This team should be kept together until U19 level.

  • MQ

    A comment from a Nepali on the goalnepal.com facebook page :

    “I think Mansoor khan of Pakistan was better than the best …… If Pakistan will provide him all facilities & support …. Than there is no dought he will be one of the top football player in world in near future …. He is god gifted player & he will shine in world football …… Mansoor carry on brother …. Belive ur self & work hard …… Wish u best of luck ……! “

  • Malangbadshah

    I wonder if there is a link/video to the highlights of the match or even goals only…..If you’r aware of any link(s), please do share!

  • Abdulsidd

    Pakistan crowned SAFF U-16 champion
    PRAJWAL OLI

    KATHMANDU, Aug 10: Pakistan once again proved its superiority over India on Wednesday as it clinched the title of the first SAFF U-16 Championship Football Tournament defeating India 2-1 in the final held at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu. Pakistan had defeated India 1-0 during the group stage as well.

    Pakistan was crowned champion of the South Asian region as Mohammad Zeeshan and Mansoor Khan scored a goal each in either half to seal victory for the team. Daniel Lalhlimpuia netted for India.

    En route to the title, Pakistan played four matches scoring the highest 11 goals and conceding only one.

    In the competitive final, Pakistan came up with a better show compared to the group stage match against India. Pakistan dominated the ball possession and made about half a dozen attempts on goal.

    However, Pakistan had to wait until the 25th minute to open the scoring when Zeeshan beautifully sprinted with the ball and unleashed a powerful shot to stun a diving Indian goalie Supratim Bhattacharya, who made some brave saves during the match.

    But India came back into the game with an eqaulizer in the stoppage time of first half when Lalhlimpuia scored from close range taking advantage of the inattentive and confused Pakistani defenders.

    But the spirited Pakistani team restored its lead six minutes into the second half as Khan scored from close range. Zeeshan had set up Khan for the goal utilizing a corner off his teammate.

    Pakistan also squandered a scoring chance early in the third minute when Ashfaq Ud Din missed in a one-on-one with the goalie. Ten minutes later, goalie Bhattacharya punched Sher Ali´s curling corner to safety when it was heading toward the net.

    India, on the other hand, could make only a couple of attempts during the entire match. In the sixth minute Lalhlimpuia´s strike went out hitting the crossbar, and in the 58th minute Shahbaz Masih defended Lalhlimpuia´s close-range shot from the goalline.

    India´s coach Thomas Joseph said, “The match was good but the boys failed to display their potential, especially the midfield failed to deliver,” said Joseph, adding that the whole tournament had been a good experience and exposure for the young players. “The tournament at South Asian level is a good concept and will be helpful in preparing for the AFC U-16 Championship.”

    Pakistani team´s captain Muneer said he was waiting for August 14 to gift the trophy to Pakistani people. “I want to present this trophy to all the Pakistanis on the occasion of our independence day, which falls on August 14,” said Muneer.

    “The whole team is happy to win the title on the occasion of Ramjan and thanks Allah for gifting us this trophy,” Muneer said, adding, “The coach´s planning was vital for the title victory.”

    Muslims observe fast from dawn to dusk during the holy month of Ramadan that began last week, but the Pakistani team members have not been fasting as they were busy in the tournament. “We will start fasting after reaching Pakistan,” said Pakistan coach Sajjid Mehmood, who describes beating India twice in the tournament as a proud achievement.

    According to the coach, attacking strategy was the main mantra behind his side´s victory. “I would like to thank the Nepali crowd for supporting us and also ANFA and SAFF for organizing this tournament. The victory is a great gift for Independence Day,” Mehmood said.

    Published on 2011-08-10 15:29:20

    http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=34547

  • Connect2athar@yahoo.com

    congrats boys

  • Muhmmad naveed akram

    well done Pakistan football team .Pakistan zinda bad

  • Kashif Hafeez

    congrats to the team and the coaches. we have some cup now.Its the same team minus 3,4 players who represented pak in U-13, U-14 level in Iran and BD respectively.

  • Hemant

    Congrats Pakistan your team played very well throught the tournament i hope your kids will maintain this form when they will serve you national team.

  • Sar-indian

    Yeah it is a history for u guys winning SAFF cup for the 1st time in history. BTW you were lucky, ur game was mots pathetic…no passing etc..just lucky goal. India was totally unclucky..huh!

    • http://www.facebook.com/dr.gauhar Gauhar Mahmood Azeem

      twice lucky :p

    • Amjad Khan

      The grapes are sour…… HA HA HA

    • Abdulsidd

      LOL!!! Not sure what game you were watching, but India played the most long ball in this tournament. Absolutely horrible to watch. I would say that India were lucky even to reach the final.

    • cricketsohail

      I have heard from representatives of other teams that Pakistan fielded 20-22 years old men in this tournament!

      • Abdulsidd

        You haven’t seen 20-22 year old Pakistani men then. Look, we are men, not boys. Our youngsters grow up quick. We are the descendants of people who lead whole armies and conquered large territories when they were 16 years old.

  • bashiir

    WELL DONE COACH. ALL PAKISTANI IN MALAYSIA ARE PROUD OF YOU . KEEP THE TEAM TOGETHER TILL THEY ARE READY TO REPRESENT PAKISTAN AS SENIOR TEAM. PLS ARRANGE A GAME TO BE PLAYED IN MALAYSIA.

  • cricketsohail

    Pakistan U22 wins 2-1 against India U16…what’s the big fuss about?!

    • Abdulsidd

      The big fuss is that India fielded their U23 side, and we still beat them.

      • MQ

        looked like the Indian senior team to me actually

        • Alique

          Ha….pakistanis are too happy after winning this minuscule tournament. Let them be happy my Indian bros…mauka de de inko khushiya mana ne ki. Aage royega jab under 23 team will thrash their senior team.

  • pasang lama

    Congratulations!! Pakistan … Nepal is always there to support your Football , Cricket team ….
    there was lot’s of Nepali People to support Pakistan at Dasarath Stadium …

    • Zee81

      Thank you Nepal.