KARACHI: Pakistan Air Force (PAF) notched another crucial win when they trounced minnows Bahawalpur’s Ashraf Sugar Mills 2-0 to displace K-Electric from the top spot as the 12th Pakistan Premier Football League second round started at the Punjab Stadium, Lahore, on Thursday.
Unlike the Multan round where the matches were played under floodlights, Punjab Stadium offered different conditions as it was a warm day and the players had to face problems in adjustment.PAF, desperately trying to annex their maiden title this season, continued their blistering form, scoring twice against ASM, considered the weakest team in the league.
International Mansoor Khan provided lead to PAF in the 32nd minute. His fellow front-runner Mohammad Mujahid doubled the margin in the 65th minute to seal a comfortable win for the Peshawar-based side which has won the National Challenge Cup, the second biggest event in the country after the Premier League.
PAF head coach Aslam Khan, however, was not happy with the performance of his boys. “I am not satisfied. ASM are the weakest side of the event. We should have scored more goals. Our boys squandered several open net chances,” Aslam told ‘The News’.
PAF are now at the top with 14 points.
Some sources said unlike in the Multan round, in Lahore there was no scoreboard, no ball pickers and the athletes were seen running and walking on the athletics track of the Punjab Stadium, which caused disturbance.
In the other show of the day, former champions WAPDA overpowered Navy 4-2 thanks to Ahmad Fahim’s fine treble.Ahmed hit in the 15th, 57th and 80th minutes. Adnan Saeed joined Ahmed Fahim on the score-sheet with a strike in the 64th minute.Mohammad Amin hit for Navy in the 73rd minute and Saddam netted their second goal in the 73rd minute.WAPDA are now second, having 13 points from five matches.
LAHORE: Pakistan Air Force (PAF) moved provisionally three points clear at the top of the Pakistan Premier Football League with a 2-0 win over Ashraf Sugar Mills as its second phase began at the Punjab Stadium here on Thursday.
Mansoor Khan gave PAF the lead with a 32nd-minute goal with Mohammad Mujahid sealing the win five minutes past the hour mark.
PAF moved to 14 points from six matches and are one point ahead of Wapda who overcame Pakistan Navy 4-2 in a thriller in the day’s other game thanks to a hat-trick by Faheem Ahmed.
K-Electric, who have a game in hand over PAF and Wapda, have 11 points.
Faheem’s 15th-minute penalty saw Wapda take the lead and he doubled the advantage in the 57th. Mohammad Amin reduced the arrears three minutes later but Wapda went 3-1 up in the 64th through Adnan Saeed. Saddam got Navy back into the game with a 73rd-minute penalty with Faheem ensuring three points for his side in the 80th.