Two goals by skipper Ansar Abbas and a goal by right winger Ali Raza guided Pakistan Army to shock Sui Southern Gas Company by 3-2 in a thrilling final of the 28th PFF National Challenge Football Cup-2019 played here at Tehmas Khan Football Stadium on Monday.
Senior Minister KP for Sports, Tourism, and Youth Affairs Muhammad Atif Khan, MNA and Vice President Pakistan Football Federation Muhammad Amir Dogar, Vice President PFF Syed Zahir Ali Shah, Director General Sports KP Asfandyar Khattak, Sardar Naveed Haider, Vice President PFF, Col. Firasat Ali Shah member executive committee, Secretary PFF Sharafat Hussain Bokhari, Organizing Secretary Basit Kamal, officials, players and large number of spectators were also present.
The match was started on fast tempo and both Pakistan Army and SSGC played well and raided on each other territories with some good inroads which were largely enjoyed by the sitting spectators. There were no score in the first 30-minute as the ball was mostly confined to mid-field and
occasional moves but SSGC played well and opened the account in the 32nd minute when skipper Saddam travelled past two defenders at the right side and gave a free ball to unmarked Saad Ullah who slammed in a beautiful goal on the field attempt. After taking lead, SSGC kept pressure to double the lead but they forwards were not allowed to do so. On the other hands, Pakistan Army after conceding a goal, speeded up their moves and made some good goal-fetching moves but Jameel missed two easy goal scoring chances and the attempt of Ansar and Ali Raza also proved abortive. —APP