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Monday, July 22, 2019

One Woman’s Small Step for Chitral Marks a Giant Leap for Pakistan in Football [via Arab News]

One Woman’s Small Step for Chitral Marks a Giant Leap for Pakistan in Football [via Arab News]

One Woman’s Small Step for Chitral Marks a Giant Leap for Pakistan in Football [via Arab News]


ISLAMABAD: Twenty two-year-old Karishma Ali is used to a lot of firsts.

She was the first girl from her hometown of lower Chitral to represent Pakistan in football at both the national and international levels.

She took part in the Jubilee Games in Dubai, UAE three years ago and also represented Pakistan’s women football team in the Australian Football International (AFL) Cup.

Ali is also the first from Chitral to be featured on Forbes Asia’s 30 under 30 list.

Now, she has her eyes set on realizing her dream of seeing more girls participating in sports. For this purpose, she established the Chitral Women’s Sport Club (CWSC), the region’s first.

She says it all began when she kicked her first football at the age of nine. “I didn’t properly play football, but I became a football lover back then when I was a little kid,” Ali told Arab News. “I remember watching the World Cup with my father in 2006 and fell in love with the game.”

Ali’s decision to foray into sports was supported by her family, particularly her father, who always pushed her to excel in the game.

In Pakistan, women’s participation in sports is abysmal, mostly due to cultural restraints, patriarchal and conservative attitude, and a lack of infrastructure. For her part, Ali says she factored in all these conditions before taking the leap.

“In Chitral, there was no facility and there is still no facility for girls — which is why I am working on it,” Ali told Arab News, adding that she “never had the opportunities to play football.”

“The only time I would get to play football in Chitral was when I would go on a picnic with my father or rarely with my classmates. The boys would be playing, I would come and kick, they would stare at me, laugh and bully me but I never cared — I still went for it,” she said.

And while she had the backing of her family – and the support of coaches and mentors after moving to Islamabad at the age of 13, leading to her eventual placement on the national team – Ali says that, initially at least, the community was not receptive to the idea of girls playing sports.

“A lot of people do not appreciate the inclusion of girls in sports, so for me I thought starting [this club] and making it for girls under the age of 16 would be crucial,” she said, adding that the sports club “is not just about sports or football.”

“We are trying to teach girls about their rights, we are trying to educate them about health,” she said.

Last year, the CWSC hosted a seven-day camp for 70 girls from across Chitral and surroundings villages, resulting in the first all-women football tournament in the area.

Ali’s aim is to not just encourage athleticism, competition and confidence among young girls, but to also demonstrate how the sport can empower women and be a source of pride for the country.

“Last year [starting out] was very hard, when I told people I wanted to do this in Chitral, people thought I was crazy,” she said. “People never appreciated that I was playing sports to begin with, so to want to invite others in… I was bullied and threatened.”

However, Ali found strength in her usual source – her father. “[He] said to me: ‘You have taken this step for so many girls and, now, if you give up, that means the end of sports for every other girl back home. You decide whether you can be brave and keep fighting or people will forget you. Remember, if you stand up people will remember you, people will get inspired and get their girls involved’,” she said.

And they did.

From among the 70 girls who enrolled in the club, several live in villages and would commute for three to four hours every day just to participate.
“They would not miss the training session even for a single day and would wake up at 6am to reach the ground, play sports and go back,” Ali said of the girls, teeming with pride.

This year, Ali’s camp hosted nearly 200 girls, more than doubling last year’s attendance.

For her party, Ali, who has earned herself the “Pride of Pakistan” award that recognizes tremendous contribution made by Pakistanis, wants the same for other girls, too.

“I remember when I was a kid watching the World Cup with my cousin, I’d told him I want to play for the national team, but there was no such concept of girls playing football. When I got to the national team I sank into this confidence,” she said.

“I think of the little girl back in the village and myself in the national uniform and that fills me with happiness. We have amazing people, we have girls who want to play sports and for Pakistan and I want to be a good ambassador for them,” she said.

Published on Arab News, 10 July 2019




Thursday, July 4, 2019

Hajra Khan breaks world records to highlight inequality in sports in Pakistan [Express Tribune]

Hajra Khan breaks world records to highlight inequality in sports in Pakistan [Express Tribune]

Hajra Khan breaks world records to highlight inequality in sports in Pakistan [Express Tribune]


KARACHI: Pakistan women’s captain Hajra Khan was on a mission at the Equal Playing Field (EPL) initiative in France.

While the EPF Initiative has been to include girls from all over the world to celebrate the sport and giving the opportunity, Hajra’s second time at the Guinness World Record event with them was more about voicing what she had been through as a Pakistani female footballer throughout her career.

Hajra was also featured last year at the Dead Sea for the world record of the highest and lowest altitude matches played.

This time, it was beyond her, and maybe beyond the world record itself, but an achievement she hopes can inspire more girls in the country to pick up football, pick their battles and go for their dreams.

The EPF made the world record for the most players to play in five-a-side match that went on for 69 hours starting from June 28 to July 1, with 807 players participating in it, in the five-a-side match, while the final score between Team Blue and Team Red was 404-369, according to EPF social media update.

For Pakistan, Hajra made her country proud scoring twice, playing for three hours in the field to make sure she is among the women who are motivated and determined to change the world through football.

She participated in the second record attempt to have an 11-a-side match with the most nationalities, there were 54 in Lyon. There too, she scored two more goals.

“It’s not about breaking world records and scoring goals. It’s about why I do it. For Pakistan — for inequality in sport,” the 25-year-old captain told The Express Tribune, who had been seeing discrimination from the Pakistan Football Federation’s administration since 2017, for simply asking for better treatment, equal opportunities for women footballers in the country and for the national team.

Pakistan women’s team last played in 2014 in the South Asian Football Federation Women’s championship in Islamabad, and since then, the PFF never prioritised women’s game, or tried to uplift the already existing structure for women footballers, that is, only having one tournament, a national championship which would last for only a week.

Similarly the women footballers would be paid less than their male counterparts, albeit never getting the same opportunities to play as men.

The women’s football has always been a formality for the PFF.

“[I played] for the $2 we get paid at the national camp, it’s plea for opportunity and respect. It’s about getting more and more girls in Pakistan to play,” said Hajra.

The EPF initiative took place around the same time as the on-going Fifa Women’s World Cup to celebrate the sport and raise the issues that women face.


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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Khelo Kricket and Sportsfever360 partner to open new avenues for female cricketers in Pakistan

Khelo Kricket and Sportsfever360 partner to open new avenues for female cricketers in Pakistan

Khelo Kricket and Sportsfever360 partner to open new avenues for female cricketers in Pakistan


Islamabad 10th May 2019: Cricket and Ramazan go hand in hand and with the beginning of the holy month cricket enthusiasts from all over the country start participating in a variety of tournaments. Although men get an ample chance to play their favorite game, opportunities for women are rare and few. This time there is a turn of events as Khelo Kricket in collaboration with Sportsfever360 and Multan Sultans will be hosting a unique Ramazan cricket tournament for women. The three day long championship will be played from 16thMay to 19th May and 8 teams will be battling to win the title.

Khelo Kricket has joined hands with Sportsfever360 for the digital production and broadcasting of the tournament. The partnership will ensure seamless digital experience for all cricket lovers and help audiences to enjoy the championship online with ease.

For this year the organization has planned to do 4 tournaments together, their first stop will be Karachi after which they plan to move ahead to Lahore, Islamabad and Multan. For the inaugural edition in Karachi, two groups have been formulated comprising of four teams each. Top team from each group will battle in the finale. The eight teams to be featured in this season are AYSB- Red, AKYSB- Blue, Green Royals, Smashers, Fighters, Athletic Club, Boom Boom and Warriors.

KheloKricket was established in late 2015 with the aim to revive, develop and celebrate local cricket on a grass roots level. Since their inception, they have covered 4,000 matches and have registered over 14,000 players and over 1500 teams. This time they will be executing a premium cricket tournament for female players. With their 5th women’s tournament about to kick start this Ramazan, Khelo Krciket aims to create safe spaces for women to play and develop their talent.

Sportsfever360 in line with its vision of empowering sports lovers of Pakistan has always played a vital role to support such initiatives which bring forward talent. Through this partnership they envision to encourage more female players to enter the world of sports and unleash their capabilities.

Some other organizations supporting this unique intiative include Afsaneh, Asia Banaspati, FM91 (radio partner), Dunya News (media partner) and Uber (ride partner).  



Friday, May 3, 2019

Coca-Cola brings ICC World Cup Trophy to Pakistan

Coca-Cola brings ICC World Cup Trophy to Pakistan

Coca-Cola brings ICC World Cup Trophy to Pakistan


Lahore, Pakistan (May 03, 2019): Coca-Cola Pakistan once again lived up to its reputation of actively supporting the passions of the Pakistani people by bringing the ICC World Cup Trophy to Pakistan for nearly 3 days earlier this week, giving all the opportunity to view it personally and take photos with it. The Trophy arrived in Islamabad in the early hours of May 01 and was moved to Lahore later the next day. In both cities the Trophy was displayed for viewing by the media, members of the digital community and by the public. The Trophy had arrived in Pakistan once before earlier, but coming again now, just a few weeks before the start of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, it served to rejuvenate the passion of all Pakistanis for the country’s participation in the most anticipated and prestigious of all international competitions in the world of cricket. 
The silver and gold Trophy is made up of three silver columns holding a golden globe. The columns represent batting, bowling and fielding and the globe symbolizes a cricket ball. Pakistan last won the World Cup in 1992 under the captainship of Imran Khan. 

Coca-Cola is on board with ICC in a strategic partnership as the exclusive non-alcoholic beverage partner, for the next five years, catering to more than one billion cricket fans around the world. This collaboration will align the strengths of both organizations, with Coca-Cola’s diversified portfolio of hundreds of brands and global presence, and ICC’s resolution to expand cricket’s global footprint as a sport, synergizing to promote cricket worldwide like never before. 

The trophy arrived at Islamabad on May 1, 2019 where it was displayed at the Serena Hotel and from thereon at Marriott hotel on May 2, 2019. From there onwards, the trophy toured its way to be exhibited at the Pearl Continental Hotel in Lahore on May 3, 2019. Cricket fans at the aforementioned venues swarmed in to avail the opportunity of a selfie spree and to freeze the festive moments for posterity.

Rizwan U. Khan, General Manager, The Coca-Cola Export Corporation Pakistan and Afghanistan stated at the occasion, “Coca-Cola has endlessly worked in elevating Pakistan’s positive image on the international front. The arrival of the ICC World Cup 2019 Trophy to Pakistan is evidence of this magnificent achievement, as the passion for cricket is amongst the strongest threads that binds this nation together. The ICC World Cup is an opportunity to once again express national solidarity beyond any intersectional identities and the entire nation stands behind our team in wishing it all the best for bringing the World Cup home. Coca-Cola and ICC recognize and value such passion and sentiments and aspire to creating lasting moments of sheer happiness and joy for all Pakistanis through this collaboration”.

The World Cup squad to be led by Sarfraz Ahmed was announced on April 18 with Pakistan set to make its first mark against West Indies on May 31 at Nottingham. The most anticipated encounter between Pakistan and India, as is the highlight of every World Cup, is slated for June 16. The ICC Men’s World Cup will run from May 30 to July 14, 2019 in England and Wales.



Tuesday, April 16, 2019

FIFA’s Fact-Finding Mission to Arrive in Pakistan at End of May [via Dawn]

FIFA’s Fact-Finding Mission to Arrive in Pakistan at End of May [via Dawn]

FIFA’s Fact-Finding Mission to Arrive in Pakistan at End of May [via Dawn]


KARACHI: There seems no end to Pakistan football’s woes. The national team is running a serious risk of missing out on competitive football for the next four years with it emerging on Monday that FIFA’s fact-finding mission set to visit the country at the end of May.

The visit is to be the first step towards resolving the crisis in the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) but for Pakistan to feature in the first round of Asia’s marathon 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, it will require the mission to finalise a report of its finding and for its proposals to be implemented within six days.

Even then, it seems a tough ask to prepare a team. The first round of the joint World Cup-Asian Cup qualifiers featuring Asia’s lowest 12 teams kick off on June 6. The FIFA/AFC visit, meanwhile, will take place on May 28-29 in Lahore. FIFA didn’t announce the date of the visit, instead it was disclosed to the media by PFF vice-president Sardar Naveed Haider Khan who shared the text of an email sent to him by FIFA’s Member Associations governance services manager Alexandre Gros.

“Regarding the upcoming FIFA/AFC visit, kindly note that it will take place on May 28-29, 2019 in Lahore and visas for the delegation have already been arranged. When we have further information regarding the agenda we will be sure to inform you,” Gros tells Sardar in the email. Sardar had written to FIFA over the weekend, asking for updates regarding the FIFA mission’s visit after the global football body announced last week that it had deferred the mission’s visit in April to May. The earlier dates for its visit were April 24-25.

“The visit was initially scheduled for April 24-25 but, at the request of PFF’s President and General Secretary, it has been postponed to a later date in May,” FIFA had said then. The PFF officials FIFA is referring to are the ones it recognises: president Faisal Saleh Hayat and general secretary retired Col Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi. The PFF recognised in the country is the one led by Ashfaq Hussain Shah, who was elected in December last year following an election on the orders of the Supreme Court.

FIFA was asked on Monday regarding the mission and whether it had finalised the members of the mission since Gros’ letter says that visas had been arranged but it didn’t give much details. “Further updates will follow in due course,” the FIFA spokesperson told Dawn. FIFA decided on sending a mission to the country after a meeting of its Member Associations Committee on April 3.

Pakistan are set to learn their fate in the first round of World Cup/Asian Cup qualifiers on Wednesday. The AFC had confirmed to Dawn last month that Pakistan had sent its entry for the draw despite the PFF of Hayat withdrawing national teams from several tournaments. Last month, Pakistan went out of the race for the 2020 Olympics without kicking a ball after the Hayat faction withdrew the team from the qualifiers of the AFC Under-23 Champion­ships.

Dawn has reliably learnt that the lack of urgency by the Hayat faction in resolving the PFF issue is due to the fact that there is a feeling prevalent that even if the issue were to be resolved there will be very little time or finances to prepare the team for the all-important first qualifying round. Last time out, Pakistan fell to Yemen in the first qualifying round and went more than three years without playing a competitive match. Part of it was also due to the tussle over PFF’s control over the last four years.

The court-ordered PFF election was the first step towards resolving that crisis in the PFF but FIFA will make a final decision, having earlier called those polls that saw Ashfaq elected as the country’s football chief as “third-party interference”. In October last year, FIFA’s Member Associations committee had given the Hayat-led PFF an 18-month period — until March 2020 — to hold fresh elections.

After a controversial PFF election in June 2015, that sparked a dispute in the football body, Hayat was earlier given a two-year mandate in September 2015 to ratify the PFF statutes and hold fresh elections. The Hayat-led body made no headway into those issues. The PFF was banned for six months for “third-party intervention” before FIFA lifted the suspension in March last year after Hayat was restored as the PFF chief on the orders of the Lahore High Court, which had appointed an administrator to oversee PFF affairs in 2015.

The case went to the Supreme Court the very next month with the country’s apex court ordering fresh elections. Ahead of the SC-ordered election, FIFA had warned that the PFF faces possible suspension if the polls went ahead but then decided to send a mission due to what it termed “complex circumstances” surrounding the election.

Published in Dawn, April 16th, 2019




Thursday, March 28, 2019

Sports News: Football -Aga Khan School teams dominate Inter School Futsal Tourney

Sports News: Football -Aga Khan School teams dominate Inter School Futsal Tourney

Sports: Football: Aga Khan School teams dominate Inter School Futsal Tourney


Karachi:Aga Khan School (Karimabad) and Aga Khan School (Kharadar) won boys and girls U-14 Inter-School Futsal Tournament titles respectively here at PAD Ground in Clifton.

Karachi Friends United Association (KFUA) organized the tournament.

In the closing ceremony, Muhammad Raise, Municipal Commissioner and Administrator District South was guest of honor. Directors of KFUA Hamid Mustafa, Tasleem Raja, Fareed Ali, Jawed Arab, ex-international player and qualified C-License coach of Asia Football Confederation, Choudhry Israr ex-national referee and Oranzaib Jahangir from Nation Bank were also present on the occasion.

BVS Parsi High School claimed second position while Reflections School also finished on the podium securing third position in boy’s event. Rana Muhammad Ahmed from Reflections School was declared best player of the tournament.

BVS Parsi High School’s Areeb Adnan was declared most valuable player of the tournament. Man of the final match was Azan Adnan from BVS Parsi High School.

Meanwhile, Haque Academy School secured second position while DHACSS Seaview School took third position in girls’ event. Maheen Jawed Aga Khan School received best player award while Inciya Raza of Haque Academy claimed most valuable player award. Haque Academy’s Ramsha Fatima claimed player of the final match.



Monday, March 25, 2019

Ufone Balochistan Football Cup - #Ufone unveils trophy and Super8 schedule

Ufone Balochistan Football Cup - #Ufone unveils trophy and Super8 schedule

Ufone Balochistan Football Cup - Ufone unveils trophy and Super8 schedule


March 25, 2019: Quetta’s Mali Bagh Stadium is all set to host the Super8 stage of the Ufone Balochistan Football Cup’s 3rd Edition from today. Eight teams have made it to the Super8 stage of the tournament, ready to play against each other from today, including Shaheed Ballach FC Nushki, Jallawan FC Khuzdar, Bacha Khan FC Loralai, Afghan FC Pishin, Panjgur FC, Afghan FC Chaman, Faizullah Agha FC Quetta and Tiger Raesani FC Quetta.

The trophy of the third edition was unveiled at the Mali Bagh Stadium. Captains of the Super8 teams got the chance to get their hands on the trophy, vowing to win it through talent and hard work. Ufone also released the official anthem for the championship at the event. The song is titled ‘Jeet Ke Dikha Do’ and is written by Jahanzeb Baloch and Zee Ali, with Izhaar Ali lending vocals. Izhaar Ali is a Quetta-based singer, songwriter, and music producer with his own record label called ‘East records.’ The song was composed and sung by artists from Balochistan, showing Ufone’s commitment of promoting local Balochi talent and showcasing it nationally.

The ‘Qualifiers’ and ‘Eliminators’ were played in eight cities this year. Successful teams at the city level will now battle it out for a place in the semi-finals. The semi-finals will be played for the first time, under flood lights, in the tournament’s history on March 28, with the final scheduled for March 29.

The inaugural edition of the championship was launched in 2017 with the aim of developing football in Balochistan and providing the youth with a platform to showcase their talent. Football enjoys immense popularity among the youth in the province and is played in almost every village in the province. Balochistan has produced numerous football stars that play at the national level, such as Fazal Muhammad and Riaz Khan, who have previously participated in the tournament and provided insights and tips to promising, eager young footballers and students in the tournament. 

The inaugural edition was held in four cities of Khuzdar, Chaman, Pishin, and Quetta with Muslim FC Chaman winning the title. The second edition which was held in 2018 was expanded to Loralai and Nushki where Aqua FC Quetta lifted the trophy. This year is the championship’s third edition where the qualifying round was held in two additional cities of Panjgur and Gwadar. A total number 720 young footballers and 48 teams competed for the Super8 stage of the tournament.



Thursday, March 21, 2019

Ufone Balochistan Football Cup: Afghan FC emerge victorious from Pishin, cruise into the Super8 stage

Ufone Balochistan Football Cup: Afghan FC emerge victorious from Pishin, cruise into the Super8 stage

Ufone Balochistan Football Cup: Afghan FC emerge victorious from Pishin, cruise into the Super8 stage


The city level Qualifiers and Eliminators of the 3rd Ufone Balochistan Football Cup are underway in the province. The Pishin leg of the competition came to an end, where Afghan FC clinched the top spot and qualified for the Super8 stage of the championship which is scheduled to kick off at Mali Bagh Stadium Quetta from 25 March, with Semi-Finals on 27 and Final on 28 March.

The Eliminator match was played at Taj Lala Football Ground Pishin, where Afghan FC beat Faizabad FC by 1 – 0. The maiden goal was scored by Afghan FC’s Najeebullah during the 18th minute of the match. Faizabad tried hard to score an equalizer and attacked Afghan FC’s goal numerous times but were unable to breach the strong defense line.  
So far, 6 teams including Afghan FC have booked their place in the advance stage. The other teams include Jallawan FC Khuzdar, Gwadar Port FC, Panjgur FC, Bacha Khan FC Loralai and Shaheed Ballach FC Nushki.


Pakistani telecom company Ufone aims to develop and promote football in the province and provide budding footballers a platform to showcase their skills while playing along national team football stars like Fazal Muhammad and Riaz Khan. This year’s championship builds on the success of previous two seasons and involves 720 young players from eight cities in the province.




Monday, March 18, 2019

Ufone Balochistan #Football Cup: Panjgur FC and Jallawan FC Khuzadar cruise into the Super8

Ufone Balochistan #Football Cup: Panjgur FC and Jallawan FC Khuzadar cruise into the Super8

Ufone Balochistan #Football Cup: Panjgur FC and Jallawan FC Khuzadar cruise into the Super8



Quetta, March 18, 2019: Super 8 stage of one of the biggest sporting events of the province, Ufone Balochistan Football Cup is undertaking in 8 cities. Panjgur FC from Panjgur and Jallawan FC from Khuzdar have qualified into the Super 8 stage of the tournament by winning city level eliminator round.  Both teams will join Bacha Khan FC Loralai and Shaheed Ballach FC Nushki who have already qualified for the quarter finals.

In Panjgur, the city level eliminator was played between Panjgur FC and Baloch Musa Jan FC. Panjgur FC won the match by 2-1 in a tight contest. In Khuzdar, Bab e Balochistan FC took on Jallawan FC, but lost the match by 1-0. Muhammad Ibrahim scored at 50 mins mark securing the Super8 spot for his team in the championship. 

The two teams will be among top eight teams in the Super8 stage that will battle for the semi-finals in Quetta, from 26 March. Semi-finals and final will be played on 27 and 28 March respectively.   
Pakistani telecom company Ufone aims to develop and promote football in the province and provide budding footballers a platform to showcase their skills, while playing along the national team football stars like Fazal Muhammad and Riaz Khan. This year’s championship builds on the success of previous two seasons and involves 720 young players from eight cities in the province.






Thursday, March 14, 2019

HBL PSL 2019 Qualifier between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi - Safe Hand of the Match Award

HBL PSL 2019 Qualifier between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi - Safe Hand of the Match Award

HBL PSL 2019 Qualifier between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi - Safe Hand of the Match Award


Shan Rabbani, Group Head - Retail Operations, Investment & Actuarial, Jubilee Life Insurance presenting the Safe Hand of the Match Award to Rilee Rossouw of Quetta Gladiators after the HBL PSL 2019 Qualifier between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi.




Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Ufone Balochistan Football Cup: Matches conclude in Nushki and Loralai

Ufone Balochistan Football Cup: Matches conclude in Nushki and Loralai

Ufone Balochistan Football Cup: Matches conclude in Nushki and Loralai



Quetta, March 12, 2019: Matches for Ufone Balochistan Football Cup’s third edition are underway at the city level in the province. In the first round the qualifiers and eliminators have concluded in Nushki and Loralai. The tournament started last week from Nushki and Loralai where ten teams battled it out to book a place in the Super8 stage of the tournament.



In Nushki, Shaheed Ballach FC won the city level final by beating DFA FC by 1 – 0. The thrilling match took place at the Nushki Football Stadium where the maiden goal scored by the team in the second half paved way for it to qualify for the Super8 stage of the championship.

From Loralai, Bacha Khan FC beat BRC College Loralai 2 – 0 in a rather one-sided contest to book a place for the Super8 round of the event. From the winning team Muhammad Saleem proved to be the star with his two goals to take his side cruising in to the next stage.

Shaheed Ballach FC and Bacha Khan FC are the first two of the top eight teams in the Super8 stage who will battle it out for semi-finals in Quetta from 26 March while semi-finals and final will be played on 27 and 28 March respectively.   

Pakistani telecom company Ufone aims to develop and promote football in the province and provide budding footballers a platform to showcase their skills while playing along national team football stars like Fazal Muhammad and Riaz Khan. This year’s championship builds on the success of previous two seasons and involves 720 young players from eight cities in the province.




Thursday, March 7, 2019

Ufone Balochistan Football Cup’s third edition kicks off today

Ufone Balochistan Football Cup’s third edition kicks off today

Ufone Balochistan Football Cup’s third edition kicks off today

Quetta, March 07, 2019: Pakistani cellular company Ufone has announced that the third edition of the Ufone Balochistan Football Cup will commence today (March 07) from Noshki 

The tournament aims to promote Balochistan’s favourite sport football and provide a platform to young footballers to showcase their skills and develop their game further. This year the competition builds on the success of the previous two editions. The tournament will feature 672 young and emerging footballers playing in 48 teams from eight cities.

“Ufone believes in promoting and engaging youth in healthy activities like sports; football being the favourite sport for the province’s youth is very close to our hearts” said Amir Pasha, Head of PR and CSR at Ufone. “We are expanding the tournament to more cities and would like to see youth showcasing their skills and talent during the tournament.”

Four qualifiers and an eliminator will be played in each of the eight cities including Gwadar, Panjgur, Khuzdar, Noshki, Loralai, Pishin, Chaman and Quetta. The qualifier stage will see football Clubs, universities and colleges in a city compete against each other. The winners of the qualifier stage will play against each other in the eliminator. The top eight teams from the eliminator round will face each other in the Super8 round in Quetta. The top four teams from the Super8 will play the in semifinals, where the winners will battle it out for this year’s title.

Pakistan’s star footballer and Ufone’s Brand Ambassador Fazal Muhammad along with Riaz Khan will be participating in the tournament as mentors. PTV Sports and Suno FM 89.4 will be broadcasting the semifinals and final as media partners.

Monday, March 4, 2019

PSL Live Matches :Quetta Gladaiators Vs Peshawar Zalmi - HBL PSL 2019 - 23rd Match

PSL Live Matches :Quetta Gladaiators Vs Peshawar Zalmi - HBL PSL 2019 - 23rd Match

PSL Live Matches :Quetta Gladaiators Vs Peshawar Zalmi - HBL PSL 2019 - 23rd Match

Quetta Gladaiators Vs Peshawar Zalmi - HBL PSL 2019 - 23rd Match




Mubarak Village wins PALS Rescue Football Tournament 2019

Mubarak Village wins PALS Rescue Football Tournament 2019

Mubarak Village wins PALS Rescue Football Tournament 2019



Karachi: Mubarak Village remained victorious throughout PALS Rescue Football Tournament 2019 and concluded the final match following a challenging game against rivals, Hawks Bay Combine. The match took place at Buleji Ground of Abdur Rehman Goth.

Mubarak Village were crowned champions as they defeated Hawks Bay Combine by 1 – 0 in the final of the PALS Rescue Football Tournament 2019, held at Buleji Ground of Abdur Rehman Goth.

Gohar Khan scored the opening goal of the match as Mubarak Village took the all-important lead in the first half. It was a closely fought contest with both sides coming close to scoring at various instances; however it was Mubarak Village yet again who sealed the victory while maintaining the score till the last minute. 




Muhammad Naeem was named the Player of the Tournament while Baba Doshi was declared the Best goal keeper of the tournament; both players were representing Mubarak Village. Gohar Khan of the same team was declared as the Man of the Match for his electrifying performance in the final. 

The tournament was attended by local notables, government officials, elected representatives, and sports enthusiasts among others. The final match was followed by a prize distribution ceremony during which the winning trophy was given to the victorious team and cash prizes were distributed.  

“Football is the most cherished sport of the local communities which our lifeguards represent. Organising this tournament has been one of the most rewarding experiences as it has had a phenomenal impact on all stakeholders involved,” said Reza Samad, Founder & President of PALS Rescue, “We are glad that PALS Rescue, through this activity has played a major role in terms of bringing people together and has facilitated community involvement at various levels.  With this, we look forward to making PALS Rescue Football Tournament an annual retreat.”

Pakistan Life Saving Foundation (PALS Rescue), the country’s only privately run near-shore water safety, drowning prevention and rescue body, organised this first ever football tournament for the youth of fishing communities located along the coastline of Karachi. The tournament which is the first of its kind commenced on February 25 for a total of seven matches that were played by eight participating teams.  

PALS Rescue was founded as an NGO in July 2004 out of the sheer necessity to commence a free service that would provide life-saving facilities at the beaches of Karachi. It now employs more than 250 highly trained lifeguards representing the fishing community while the demand for their services doubles during the monsoon season. Till date, the organisation has employed more than 1,000 lifeguards and saved over 5,000 lives, and provides protection to 8 million beach visitors on an annual basis. 




Friday, March 1, 2019

MoL Pakistan Beats OGDCL To Lift OGCC T20 Cricket Tournament 2018/19

MoL Pakistan Beats OGDCL To Lift OGCC T20 Cricket Tournament 2018/19

MoL Pakistan Beats OGDCL To Lift OGCC T20 Cricket Tournament 2018/19



ISLAMABAD: In a thriller of a match played between the cricket teams of MOL Pakistan and OGDCL here at the Diamond Cricket Ground, in Islamabad, MOL Pakistan outperformed OGDCL to lift the winning trophy of the Oil & Gas T20 Cricket Tournament 2018/19.

MOL Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. Zarak Khan scored a big 73 when his team was 4 down over just 12 runs. He hit 7 boundaries, 4 huge sixes in his innings. Huzaif Shah contributed as well with an additional 36 runs that included 4 boundaries.

MOL Pakistan made a total of 153 all-out in 20 overs. Yahya of OGDCL bagged 3 wickets for 22 runs and Tariq got 2 for 22 runs. OGDCL’s start was not very impressive as the opener got out without any score.

Jamshed Akbar then took the responsibility and contributed precious 66 runs for his team but his unbeaten innings couldn’t support enough to win the final. Resultantly, OGDCL fell short of 10 runs as it scored 143 runs for 7 in twenty overs.

Wasim Akram of OGDCL contributed with his 31 runs.

Haris Nisar from MOL Pakistan bowled out 4 for 26 runs. The match was witnessed by a large number of audience, including families of all the participating teams of the tournament including MOL Pakistan, OGDCL, POL, MPCL, OPL, APL, Weatherford, POGC, Sprint and FFC.

Mr. Zahid Mir - MD/CEO OGDCL and Mr. Andras Madi - DMD/CFO MOL Pakistan witnessed the action-packed final and supported their respective teams. MOL Pakistan’s skipper Irfan Khan received the winning trophy and a cash prize of Rs 100,000/- from the chief guests.

Haris Nisar of MOL Pakistan was declared Man-of-the-Match while Huzaif Shah of MOL Pakistan was declared the Best Fielder. The MOL Group Regional Vice President Middle East, Africa & Pakistan, Mr.

Ali Murtaza Abbas commenting on the company win, stated, “MOL Pakistan consists of a team of people that are winners in all walks of life. We are proud that we have again come at the top and maintain our promise that we shall always do our very best in whatever we undertake”.




Thursday, February 28, 2019

Hawks Bay United and Mubarak Village seal victory on the second day of PALS Football Tournament 2019

Hawks Bay United and Mubarak Village seal victory on the second day of PALS Football Tournament 2019

Hawks Bay United and Mubarak Village seal victory on the second day of PALS Football Tournament 2019



  
Karachi: Khalil Rehmat aimed at the perfect time to score his first goal on behalf of Hawks Bay United, thus paving the way for a leading stance for the team against rivals, Khalifa Sports.
His second strike determined the team’s definite win by 2 – 0.

Meanwhile, the second relentless match between Mubarak Village and Buleji Baloch witnessed tough competition with both teams scoring a goal each that led to penalty shoot-outs comprising of 5 goals scored by each team. Mubarak Village emerged victorious as a result of the final penalty shoot-out with Mehar Ali claiming the winning strike, therefore concluding the team’s win by 7 - 6. 

Prior to this day, Hawk’s Bay Combine won the first match of the tournament by 1 – 0 against Kakapir village while Baloch Combine too claimed victory against Gulshan Sports as a result of a penalty shoot-out. 

Given his athletic brilliance, Khalil Rehmat was recognised as the ‘Man of the Match’ on the second day of the qualifying round while Mehar Ali was awarded the same title for the nail-biting win against Buleji Baloch. 

Both Hawks Bay United and Mubarak Village have qualified for the semi-final round. 

The final match is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 01, 2019. All matches are being played at the Buleji Ground of Abdur Rehman Goth, and the tournament is being attended by local notables, government officials, elected representatives, and sports enthusiasts among others.

Pakistan Life Saving Foundation (PALS Rescue), the country’s only privately run near-shore water safety, drowning prevention and rescue body, has organized this first ever football tournament for the youth of fishing communities located along the coastline of Karachi. The tournament titled, ‘PALS Football Tournament 2019’ commenced on February 25 for a total of seven matches that are being played by eight participating teams.  

“Football is the most cherished sport of the local communities which our lifeguards represent. We have therefore, organized this tournament with the purpose of gathering everyone on a unified platform, aiming to achieve community development,” said Reza Samad, Founder & President of PALS Rescue, “We anticipate that it will help enhance soft skills that will further instill a sense of belonging and encourage our people to go an extra mile while they are on duty. With this, we look forward to making PALS Football Tournament an annual retreat and something to look forward to.”

This football tournament which is the first of its kind is expected to bring the already close knit communities for a recreational activity. The final match will be followed by a prize distribution ceremony during which the winning trophy will be given to the victorious team and cash prizes distributed.  

Pakistan Life Saving Foundation (PALS Rescue) was founded as an NGO in July 2004 out of the sheer necessity to commence a free service that would provide life-saving facilities at the beaches of Karachi. It now employs more than 250 highly trained lifeguards representing the fishing community while the demand for their services doubles during the monsoon season. Till date, the organisation has employed more than 1,000 lifeguards and saved over 5,000 lives, and provides protection to 8 million beach visitors on an annual basis. 




Saturday, February 23, 2019

OLX & Multan Sultans Join Hand in PSL

OLX & Multan Sultans Join Hand in PSL

OLX & Multan Sultans Join Hand in PSL





OLX is Pakistan’s No.1 online marketplace with a leading position in over 14 categories including Property, Cars, and Jobs. Every month more than 7 million users visit OLX and a new ad is posted on the platform every 2 seconds.

Multan, being the 5th largest city of Pakistan, is an economic driver for people living in south Punjab and is becoming an important city for all local and international brands. With its national leadership position, OLX is planning to expand its footprint in southern Punjab, especially in the Property and Cars category in Multan.
 
Recognizing the economic opportunity that Multan and Southern Pakistan represent for the country, OLX sponsored Multan Sultans, the flagship brand of PSL, representing the hopes and excitement of the entire region

On the evening of 13th February, Bilal Bajwa (CEO, OLX Pakistan) & Ali Tareen (Director, Multan Sultan) signed an MoU to partner together. OLX will be the digital brand sponsor for the team leveraging its large online presence to support the development of regional cricket and opportunities for youth in the region.

Bilal Bajwa, CEO OLX Pakistan said:-

"I am extremely excited about this partnership which advances OLX’s aspirations of technological advancement in Pakistan and Multan Sultans aspirations of social and sports advancement in South Punjab. OLX sees Multan Sultans not just as a PSL Franchise but an enabling agent towards the progress of southern Punjab. Like OLX, Multan Sultans has a great forward-looking vision which made them a perfect fit for our brand and we are proud to cheer for their success in the tournament."

Talking on the partnership Ali Tareen, Director, Multan Sultans said 

“We’re glad to have OLX Pakistan onboard as our digital marketplace partner. Together we will help spread the digital revolution across south Punjab giving people increase access to the digital market”.

Multan Sultans is the most premium franchise in this year’s PSL. With the likes of players like Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik, it is one of the most exciting teams and a hot fan favorite.

Ali Khan Tareen’s plan regarding Multan Sultan is wide-ranging – it covers social mobility, women’s empowerment, the future of youth and Pakistan’s domestic structure – at the heart of which is cricket.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Pepsi powers #MultanSultans for Pakistan Super League-4 - #HBL_PSL_4

Pepsi powers #MultanSultans for Pakistan Super League-4 - #HBL_PSL_4

Pepsi powers #MultanSultans for Pakistan Super League-4 - #HBL_PSL_4


LAHORE – Soft-drinks giant Pepsi is proud to be the title sponsor of Multan Sultans for the fourth edition of Pakistan Super League – a T20 cricket league, which comprises of six teams.

Announcements to this effect were posted by both brands on their social media feeds.

Multan Sultan team is captained by all-rounder Shoaib Malik and comprises of star players like Shahid Afridi, Junaid Khan, and Mohammad Irfan among a mix of local and international talent as part of their squad.

Having sponsored cricket and other sports for over three decades, Pepsi always brings something new to the table. This new partnership between Multan Sultans and the beverage company shows its firm commitment and affiliation with cricket and efforts to promote the sport as well as bring young talent to the forefront.

Pepsi which has previously sponsored Pakistan Cricket Team and was among the first brands to patronize cricket in Pakistan. For decades now Pepsi and Cricket go hand in hand and the credit should be given to the campaigns launched by the beverage company over the years featuring the said sport.

Pepsi is excited to see Multan Sultans’ new lineup including national and international stars such as Andre Russel, Sohail Tanveer, James Vince, and Laurie Evans. From Sohail Tanveer’s unorthodox left-arm to Laurie Evans right-arm medium-fast bowling action, Multan Sultans have all the elements to be the favorite this year. Of course, Lala’s presence is a huge advantage too. We are super excited to see the action in PSL.

Multan Sultans have kicked off the tournament – fourth edition of the star-studded PSL – against Karachi Kings today (Feb 15), and will play against Islamabad United (tomorrow) in Dubai. Rest of the matches will be played in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Lahore (Pakistan).

In December last year, the Sultans dethroned the Karachi Kings as the most expensive cricket franchise for the PSL after Ali Khan Tareen-led Multan consortium won the franchise rights in $5.21 million per year for seven years.

Team #JubileeLife wins the Insurance Association of Pakistan Cricket Tournament 2019

Team #JubileeLife wins the Insurance Association of Pakistan Cricket Tournament 2019

Team Jubilee Life wins the Insurance Association of Pakistan Cricket Tournament 2019



Karachi; February 19, 2019: Team Jubilee Life recently won the Insurance Association of Pakistan (IAP) Tape Ball Cricket Tournament 2019 held at the UBL Sports Complex in Karachi. The final game was played between Habib Insurance and Jubilee Life Insurance.

Sixteen teams from the insurance sector participated in this tournament with Jubilee Life emerging undefeated throughout the tournament with the best bowling and batting statistics. Mr. Ibad Anis of Jubilee life received the Orange Cap for the being the leading run scorer and Mr. Junaid Ansari of Jubilee life received the Purple Cap for being the leading wicket taker of the tournament. 

At the occasion, Mr. Sohail Fakhar, Group Head – Corporate Business, Marketing and Administration, Jubilee Life Insurance said “The cricket tournament promoted physical exercise and mental engagement among participants. Members of the industry came together to participate in an activity that encouraged team-building, and in the process they also enjoyed one of the most loved sports of the country. We congratulate Team Jubilee Life who performed superbly at the tournament and came out as the victor.”




Thursday, February 14, 2019

Ufone partners with Islamabad United as its favourite network

Ufone partners with Islamabad United as its favourite network

Ufone partners with Islamabad United as its favourite network



Islamabad, Thursday Feb 14, 2019: Ufone, one of the leading network operators and telecom service providers of Pakistan, announced today, its partnership with the two-time Pakistan Super League (PSL) champions, Islamabad United, for PSL’s fourth season, commencing on February 14, 2019.

Ufone’s spokesperson while announcing the partnership said: 
“Pakistanis are passionate about cricket and as the only Pakistani telecom company, Ufone is very excited about this partnership with current and two time Pakistan Super League (PSL) champions Islamabad United. As Islamabad United’s favourite network, we look forward to support Pakistan’s passion for cricket and wish the team success in the tournament”.
“We are excited to have Ufone on board as Islamabad United’s Favourite Network! It is exciting to see more and more reputable brands attaching themselves to Islamabad United and PSL as a whole. We at ISLU pride ourselves at maintaining the highest levels of quality and performance both on and off the field, and are excited to be continuing our partnership within the PTCL family by welcoming Ufone, one of the biggest mobile networks on board. We are confident that with the support of valued partners like Ufone, we can help unlock the true potential of sports related partnership marketing within Pakistan”, 
said Ali Naqvi Owner of Islamabad United.

The jersey of Islamabad United will sport Ufone’s logo at the back.

The defending PSL champions, after winning the title in PSL 1 (2016) and PSL 3 (2018) will play the first match of 2019 against the Lahore Qalandars, opening the fourth season of Pakistan Super League, at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Feb 14, 2019.



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