By Shahrukh Sohail, Chief Editor, Islamabad
Despite being classified as a mid-table team, Pakistan Air Force (PAF FC) have managed to grab some sensational results in the league, resulting in 30 points this term only 6 behind leaders KESC and with a game in hand.
Reigning champions KRL were subjected to a tough game and luckily for PAF, their star striker Mansoor Khan was on hand to secure a memorable victory.
New boss Shahzad Anwar is obviously pleased with the results and raved about Khan, who has been turning some heads with his talent in Pakistan’s top flight.
“Mansoor is a talented young striker, whose captained Pakistan at U-19 level and was the star of the U-16 side that won the 2011 SAFF Championship. He was in line for the senior team during the Philippines Peace Cup, but he was selected and went as skipper for the U-19s,” Anwar claimed while exclusively talking to FootballPakistan.com.
Although PAF are in a decent position, the coach refused get carried away and reiterated that the competition is much tougher this year due to the six intended relegation spots.
“There are a lot of matches remaining in the League, but the scenario has changed from last year. Since there will be six teams relegated, everyone is playing more competitively. KESC have even signed a Nigerian striker to boost their chances,” he added.
Last year’s champions KRL have struggled to get their groove back despite reaching the final of the AFC Presidents Cup – a first for Pakistani football, and Anwar claims that this might be because they have won all there is to win.
“KRL have the quality to bounce back, but after playing in the AFC Presidents Cup and winning the League so many times, they may have lost desire for it.”
The tactician also cast a light on his methods with the PAF team, who also have Pakistan forward Mujahid leading the line, revealing that his main focus has been developing team chemistry and discipline.
“I have tried to instil discipline in my side and since taking over from the 5th match, I have seen improvements in the team. Now we are functioning as a more cohesive and organized unit, so our aim is to win the title,” Shahzad Anwar was quoted as saying during an exclusive chat with FootballPakistan.com
PAF are ranked 5th in the Pakistan Premier League table and with many games to go, this just might be their year.