The All-Pakistan National Bank Peace Football Cup saw a string of surprising results yesterday, 8 Dec 2012, at Shaheed Sardar Abdur Rehman Baloch Football Stadium in Gabol Park, Lyari, Karachi.
In Group C, DFA East confirmed their’s and DFA Hyderabad’s places in quarter-finals when they were held 1-1 by DFA Khuzdar. In Group D, DFA Panjgur pulled off a shocking 2-0 win over a strong DFA Malir side.
DFA Khuzdar impressed in the game as they took the lead after just 6 minutes through Muhammad Ibrahim. DFA East struck back just before half-time when Aqeel Khan scored the equaliser. The score remained the same in 2nd half as Khuzdar and DFA East shared the points.
The result guaranteed the quarter-finals spots for both DFA East (7 points) and DFA Hyderabad (6 points) from Group C. Now Khuzdar face Sindh Govt Press (SGP) in their final group game to complete their fixtures with nothing to play for except pride. However, DFA East lost star defender Khurram Shehzad to suspension for the quarter-finals due to his second yellow card of the NBP Peace Cup against Khuzdar.
In Group D, DFA Panjgur defied expectations to dominate DFA Malir in an impressive display. DFA Malir, who had most recently won the All-Pakistan Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Football Cup in Khairpur last month, were outplayed by Panjgur the whole game. After a goal-less 1st half, Asif Nasir gave Panjgur the lead in 57th minute before Muhammad Ilyas made it 2-0 just before the end of the game for the surprising 2-0 win.
Group D now has 3 teams with DFA Turbat (Kech) being left after DFA Mirpur Khas failed to participate in the NBP Peace Cup.
Rizwan Sports, Movement FC win in All-Sindh tournament, Nawabshah
Karachi’s Rizwan Sports reached the quarter-finals of the All-Sindh Qazi Abdur Rasheed Bhatti Invitational Football Cup.
They did so with another penalty shoot-out win at the Municipal High School Ground in Nawabshah (Shaheed Benazirabad), this time against Habib XI (Tando Allahyar) after a 0-0 score at end of normal time. Rizwan Sports won the shoot-out a staggering 11-10.
The second game of the day saw Movement FC (Nawabshah) beat DFA Umarkot 1-0 from a Shoaib goal in 41st minute to reach the next round. Movement dominated the game from start but missed numerous chances that would have inflated their scoreline.
Korangi Baloch win All-Karachi Shaheed Shabbir and Azam Football Tournament
The All-Karachi Shaheed Shabbir and Shaheed Azam Football Tournament, organised by Shafi XI (Malir), was won by Korangi Baloch (Sharafi). In the final at Shafi Stadium in Malir, Korangi Baloch edged Baloch Youth FC (Malir) 1-0 thanks to little speedy winger Abdul Jabbar Jr.
The match was marred by the dismissal of Baloch Youth’s Riaz Latif for a red card, and his subsequent clash with the referee Anees Akhtar over the decision. On the complaint of match commissioner, DFA Malir secretary Shahid Taj suspended Riaz Latif from all football activity for 2 months and fined Rs 2000 for his poor displine and behaviour.
Chief guest Noman Abdullah Murad gave Korangi Baloch winning prize of Rs 20 thousand, while Baloch Youth got Rs 10 thousand.
All Brothers win All-Karachi Musa Baloch Memorial Tournament
The All-Karachi Musa Baloch Memorial Football Tournament was won by hosts All Brothers at the newly made Samoon Goth Stadium in Malir, Karachi. All Brothers won the final 1-0 against Sajidi Mohammadan (Safari Park) thanks to a goal from striker Musa in 80th minute.
All Brothers and Sajidi Mohammadan had previously beaten Shafi XI and Malir Star respectively in semi-finals. The chief guest for the final was the Gadap Town administrator.