KP win 5th National Soccer Futsal C’ship title

QUETTA: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa upset Balochistan Red team in a thrilling final on a penalty shoot-out and clinched the trophy of the 5th National Men Soccer Futsal Championship played here at the PSB Coaching Centre, Ayub Sports Complex on Thursday.

Spirited KP faced tough resistance at the hands of the strong Baluchistan Red team in the final stretched to a sudden death penalty shoot-out. The two teams leveled 5-5 in the stipulated 50-minute time. After 5-5 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan Red were also tied even in the 15-minute extra-time. To decide the fate of the final the two teams were awarded five penalty kicks each on which each of the team scored three goals, thus leveling 8-8 at the end.

The match was later on decided on a sudden penalty shoot-out wherein KP won the match by 9-8 and marched into a deserving victory.

The players of KP exhibited classic and attacking displays throughout the championship and recorded some key victories in the Group-A against Punjab, The Success, Islamabad, Police and AJK.

KP team comprising Haris Ahmad, Suhaib Afridi, Hamza Durrani, Sana Ullah, Usama, Haseeb and Haris Mehmood played like a rock and did not give much time to strong Balochistan team, who had support of the local spectators.

The final match started on fast tempo and soon Balochistan Red slammed two quick goals on the field attempt when Shahid Khan and Ishtiaq Lal netted fine goals to get two zero lead against KP.

After conceding two goals, KP also managed their position with a flair distribution of ball, first Haris Ahmad slammed in a beautiful goal and later on Suhaib found the equalizer on a field attempt.

When the two teams tied the tally 2-2, this time again Balochistan, having support of cheering spectators took a penalty through Izaat Ullah while Habib Pathan scored the fourth and fifth goal to make the tally 5-2.

It was a matter of great concern for KP who with a short-passes and attacking approach succeeded in leveling the tally 5-5 when Hamza Durrani, substitute Sana Ulah and Usama scored one goal each on a field attempt in the second session.

The team of Balochistan including Shahid Khan, Istiaq Laal, Izzat Ullah, Habib Pathan, Riaz Ahmad, Abdul Razzaq, Irfan played well and tried their hard to get any lead but they failed and thus both the teams were awarded five each penalty kicks on which both KP and Balochistan Red scored three goals each while two attempts of the each team was intercepted by the goal-keepers of KP and Balochistan.

To decide the fate of the match both the teams were stretched to sudden death penalty shoot-out and thus KP recorded 9-8 win. – APP