Pun­jab teams reg­is­ter huge wins

Na­tional Un­der-18 Hockey Championship

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

IS­LAM­ABAD—First Na­tional U-18 Hockey Championship 2016 com­menced here on Sun­day at Naseer Bunda Hockey Sta­dium with Pun­jab Blues and Pun­jab Colours reg­is­ter­ing huge vic­to­ries over Balochis­tan Colours and KPK Greens, re­spec­tively.

In the in­au­gu­ral match, Pun­jab Blues thrashed Balochis­tan Colours 9-0. Zee­shan Khan and As­fand­yar scored two goals apiece, while one goal each was scored by Lal Muham­mad, Meraj Ali, Sul­man Khan, Younas and Ghu­lam Hus­sain.

In the sec­ond match, Pun­jab Colours de­feated KPK Greens 10-0. Ham­mad An­jam was the main con­trib­u­tor as he scored four goals, while Faizan Ali scored two goals. One goal each was scored by An­war-ul-Haq, Ali Aziz, Waqar Younas, and Waqar Ali.

Min­is­ter for In­ter Pro­vin­cial Co­or­di­na­tion (IPC) Min­is­ter Mian Riaz Hus­sain Pirzada in­au­gu­rated the championship. He said that the U-18 tour­na­ments could help pre­pare a strong se­nior out­fit for the fu­ture.

The min­is­ter ex­pressed the op­ti­mism that in­ter­na­tional sports ac­tiv­i­ties would soon re­turn to the coun­try as Pak­istan was safe for all kind of sports ac­tiv­i­ties. “Be it cricket or hockey we should try to ar­range tour­na­ments in our own coun­try as this was the only way to make progress in sports,” he added.

He an­nounced to pro­vide free meal to play­ers dur­ing their stay at Pak­istan Sports Board (PSB) hos­tels dur­ing the Championship. He asked me­dia to play its role in pro­mo­tion of sports and a healthy so­ci­ety. As many 15 teams from across the coun­try are fea­tur­ing in the event that would con­clude on June 2. The championship is be­ing played on league ba­sis, while the teams have been di­vided into four groups.—APP

IS­LAM­ABAD: Play­ers of Pun­jab and Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa hockey teams in ac­tion dur­ing Un­der-18 Boys Na­tional Hockey Championship at Naseer Bunda Hockey Sta­dium, Sports Com­plex.

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