KRL, Pakistan Navy win as PFF National Challenge Cup begins

The event is being played in different cities of Pakistan

January 24, 2023
WAPDA team poses before their match against HEC — PFF

The National Challenge Cup, organised by the Pakistan Football Federation, began on Tuesday in different cities of the country.

The tournament was inaugurated by chairman of the PFF Normalisation Committee Haroon Malik.

In the opening match, Pakistan Navy beat Police 1-0, with the winning goal being scored by Nauman, at the KPT Stadium in Karachi.

In Lahore, the match between HEC and WAPDA ended in a 2-2 draw. PAF and WSTC also played a match with the same scoreline in Peshawar.

In Chaman, Afghan Club defeated Hazara’s NIMSO Club 6-1 which included a hat-trick by Sharaf.

KRL trounced POF WAH 7-0 with Moeen scoring a hat-trick and Waheed bagging a brace.

In Bahawalpur, the match between Pakistan Railways and Ashraf Sugar Mills ended in a goalless draw.

FIFA lifts ban on PFF

It must be noted that FIFA lifted ban on the PFF, which was imposed in April 2021 due to undue third-party interference, in June last year.

FIFA also extended the mandate of the Normalisation Committee by 12 months.

According to FIFA, the mandate of the Normalisation Committee includes managing of PFF’s daily affairs, ensuring the proper registration and scrutiny of the clubs in Pakistan, draft and ratify, with the assistance of FIFA and the AFC, an electoral code for the PFF, organise the elections at district followed by provincial levels and conduct the elections of a new PFF executive committee.

Faizan Lakhani is Deputy Editor (Sports) at Geo News.