By Riaz Ahmed
The Group stage matches of the ‘I am Karachi’ Football League, 2015 ended with 2013 Champions, Baluch Mujahid topping Group A with 19 points from their 10 matches played and Hunter Sports finishing top of Group B with 26 points.
In the last Group matches, Hunter Sports maintained their unbeaten run as they beat Rizwan Sports 3-0 to become the only team out of the 22 in the Group stage to finish without a loss with 8 wins and 2 draws.
Hosts, Karachi United FC managed to secure their berth in the Round of 16 in their last fixture after a hard fought one nil win over Group A winners, Baluch Mujahid. The winning goal was scored by HamdoonAsim from a cross by Noman Khattak.
Azam Sports who had already secured their placed in the Playoffs saw off a determined challenge from Wahab XI to win 2-1 and finish second in Group B.
The schedule for the Playoffs sees some exciting games in the Round of 16 with the most exciting being a repeat of last year’s final featuring defending Champions, Khyber Muslim taking on runners-up, Korangi Baloch. In other matches, last year’s 3rd placed team, Azam Sports takes on Karachi United FC, while, in another exciting encounter, Salar Welfare take on Mauripur Baluch.
The top scorer of league round is Ghulam Mustafa 14 Goals of Azad XI Football Club Malir.
(Round of 16):
1. Hunter Sports vs National Fighter 26.4.2015 – Sixteen Star Ground
2. Baluch Mujahid vs Usmanabad Union 27.2015 – Balochh Mujahid Stadium
3. Ghani XI vs Muslim Brothers 28.4.2015 – Sixteen Star Ground
4. Salar Welfare vs Mauripur Baluch 29.4.2015 – Sixteen Star Ground
5. Korangi Baloch vs Khyber Muslim 30.4.2015 – Sixteen Star Ground
6. Irfan Memorial vs Burma M’Dan 01.5.2015 – Sixteen Star Ground
7. Azam Sports vs Karachi United FC 01.5.2015 – Baloch Mujahid Stadium
8. Askani Sports vs Azad XI 02.5.2015 – Sixteen Star Ground