Shinwari, National Arena advance in Dr. Shoukat Challenge Cup Soccer

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PESHAWAR, Aug 20 (APP): Pak Shinwari and National Arena clubs marched into victory against their respective rivals in the ongoing Dr. Shoukat Challenge Cup Football Tournament being played here at historical Tehmas Khan Football Stadium on Saturday.

Veteran Footballer Salim Khan was the chief guest on this occasion and before the start of the matches the players were introduced to him.

Organizing Secretary Dr. Shoukat, a renowned surgeon based in Canada, officials, players and large numbers of spectators were also present and witnessed the thrilling matches.

In the first match played between Pak Shinwari XI and Chamkani club of Chamkani village. The match produced good display of soccer with some beautiful inroads and attacking game was also witnessed.

It was in the 11th minute when Pak Shinwari Club took the lead through Fahim on the field attempt. Fahim got the ball from the distance from the opponent’s goal-post and zoomed quickly in the danger zone and by reaching in front of the goal-post slammed in a forceful kick to make the tally 1-0.

It was a good solo effort of Fahim who dodged three defenders in a row before slamming in a perfect goal.

After conceding a goal Chamkani club managed their position by making some good rallies of attacks as a result it was in the 17th minute when Idrees netted a fine goal to make the tally 1-1.

Delighted the sitting spectators with his run down the flank, right-winger Idrees dodged Pak-Shinwari on-rushing goal-keeper Tufail by dispatching in a beautiful kick into the goal-post for equalizer.

The two teams were tied 1-1 at the end of the first session play and it was the second session in which both the teams raided on each other defence with some beautiful moves were also witnessed.

It was in the dying moments of the second session in which Ibrahim slammed in a beautiful goal through field attempt and gave a thumping victory to his team Pak Shinwari club. Chamkani club also made some good moves but failed to reduce the margin.

In the second match National Arena club defeated Shinwarian Stars of Landikotel Tehsil, Khyber Agency by 4-0. National Arena club fully dominated the proceedings and did not give much time to Shinwarian Stars Landikotal Tehsil to strike back.

Center striker Murad was the pick of the pack who scored two quick goals in the 13th and 19th minute to make the tally 2-0 well before the half-time while Sajjad and Haris scored one goal each in the 57th and 70th minute to make the tally 4-0. FIFA Referees Anwar Khan and Syed Imtiaz supervised the match with Ikram Khan and Abid Afridi.