The Baloch Mujahid Stadium in Ibrahim Hyderi, Karachi witnessed two important results in the 8th Karachi Football League 2010-11 on Wednesday 2nd Feb 2011. Kalri Star (Lyari) whacked Gulshan-e-Ittehad (Korangi) 6-2 thanks to a hat-trick by Muhammad Habib in Group ‘B’, while hosts Baloch Mujahid stunned favourites Young Ansari (Zone West) 3-1 in Group ‘A’ to strengthen their chances for a top 4 finish in respective groups.
In Group ‘B’ fixture, Nabi Bakhsh gave Gulshan-e-Ittehad a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes however Muhammad Habib equalised 10 minutes later for Kalri Star as the game was delicately poised 1-1 at half time. Habib then dominated the 2nd half as he scored thrice more in 61st, 62nd, and 73rd minutes to complete his hat-trick – and the 10th of the KFL 2010-11 season overall – as Kalri Star raced into a 4-1 lead. Muhammad Ayub managed to score a goal for Gulshan-e-Ittehad making it 4-2 in 75th minute.
However, a penalty by Javed Ibrahim (80′) and and a late goal from Sarwar Iqbal (90′) made Kalri Star race to top spot in Group ‘B’ on 14 points from 7 games with their 6-2 win. Gulshan-e-Ittehad remain a lowly 9th with 5 points from 8 games. Muhammad Habib of Kalri Star was deservingly declared man of the match by KFL organising secretary Riaz Ahmed for his 4 goal hat-trick. However, Kalri’s Fareed Ahmed and Gulshan’s Muhammad Younas both earned a suspension for next respective games because of a second yellow in the match.
In the Group ‘A’ clash, hosts Baloch Mujahid raced a 2-0 lead over hot favourites Young Ansari before half time thanks to goals from Muhammad Hanif (11′) and Muhammad Rizwan (33′). In 2nd half, midfielder Umer Bakhsh made it 3-0 to the hosts when he scored with a diving header from a cross by M. Rizwan. This was Umer’s 7th goal of the current KFL campaign. Young Ansari captain Arif Swati managed to get a consolation goal when he headed in a corner kick in 80th minute to make it 3-1 but Baloch Mujahid held firm for a comfortable win at the end. Baloch Mujahid rose up to 2nd place in Group ‘A’ with 15 points from 7 games while Young Ansari dropped to 5th place with 13 points from 7 games. Muhammad Nawaz of Baloch Mujahid earned man of the match for the game.
Referees were Ibrar Hussain, Iqrar Hussain, Babar Khan, and Farrukh Riaz, while match commissioners were Abdul Karim (Member Central Zone) and Saleem Arif.
On Friday (04.02.2011), Al-Shabaz Korangi face Salaar Welfare Centre (Malir) at 4 PM.
8TH KARACHI FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2010-11
Venue: Baloch Mujahid Stadium – Ibrahim Hydri
Kalri Star Lyari outclass Gulshan-e-Ittehad Korangi 6-2 (1-1)
[M. Habib (4) 31,61,62,73, Javed Ibrahim 80 pk, 90 Serwer Iqbal 90 – Nabi Bakhsh 20, M. Ayub 75]
Kalri Star 14 points from 7 games (Ist Position) while Gulshan-e-Ittehad 5 points from 8 games (9th Position) . M. Habib of Kalri Star declared Man of the Match
Baloch Mujahid defeated Young Ansari 3-1 (2-0)
[M. Hanif 11, M. Rizwan 33, Umer Bakhsh 64 – Arif Swati 80]]
Baloch Mujahid 15 points from 7 games ( 2nd Position) while Young Ansari 13 points from 7 games (5th position). Mohammad Nawaz of Baloch Mujahid declared Man of the match
Fixture (Friday) 04.02.2011
Al-Shabaz Korangi vs Salaar Welfare Centre Malir at 4:00 pm
[Source: Riaz Ahmed – 0300-3926092]