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BEA­CONS­FIELD SYCOB mid­fielder Aaron Minhas (pic­tured) missed the cru­cial penalty as the Panjab lost the Conifa World Cup Fi­nal on Sun­day.

The Panjab, who have only been play­ing in­ter­na­tional foot­ball for a year, were lead­ing host ‘na­tion’ Abk­hazia un­til the fi­nal two min­utes be­fore ship­ping an equaliser, and then lost the shoot-out 6-5.

The team were tak­ing part in their first Conifa World Cup, which is for states, mi­nori­ties, state­less peo­ples and re­gions un­af­fil­i­ated with FIFA.

Af­ter beat­ing Sapmi 1-0 and So­ma­liland 5-0 in the group stages, the Panjab edged past Western Ar­me­nia 3-2 in the quar­ters and Pada­nia 1-0 in the semis to set the stage for their fi­nal heartache.

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