Muhammad Asif victorious in World Snooker Championship final

Published: December 2, 2012

Muhammad Asif holds his Trophy after winning the IBSF World Snooker Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria. PHOTO: IBSF

BULGARIA: “I have been dethroned,” were the first words that came out of former world snooker champion Mohammad Yousaf over Muhammad Asif’s victory at the IBSF World Championship, when he became the first Pakistani after 1994 to win the title after defeating England’s Gary Wilson 10-8 in Sofia, Bulgaria on Sunday.

Asif is the third Pakistani to reach the final of the amateur World Championship; earlier Yousaf won the title in 1994, whereas Mohammad Saleh lost to India’s Pankaj Advani in 2004.

This was Asif’s fourth appearance in the World Championships, and his best run at the event has been reaching among the top 32 players last year.

However, he began his campaign in Bulgaria with confidence defeating Australia’s Vinnie Calabrese 5-0 in the first round. He overcame Egypt’s Wael Talaat 5-2 in the pre-quarterfinal, crushed Syria’s Mer Alkojah 6-2 in the quarterfinal and outclassed Malta’s Alex Borg 7-1 in the semifinal to make his way to the trophy.

Asif began the match with confidence and took the lead 6-3 at the end of the first session in the best of 19-frame final.

The 30-year-old continued to lead the match 7-5 despite Wilson’s break of 111 in the 12th frame.

However, Wilson regained his focus in the following two frames and equalised the score 7-7. The two battled in the 14th frame as Asif took it only to lose the next one when Wilson forced the break of 59 in the 16th frame.

Asif, however, bounced back into the match leading 9-8 and sealed the victory in the 17th frame 64-0 to clinch the trophy.

“It’s unbelievable, I’m just counting my breath, its I have been chasing for the past 10 year,” Asif told The Express Tribune. “I can’t believe that I have achieved what Yousaf bhai achieved so many years ago.”

Meanwhile, according to the 60-year-old former world champion Yousaf, who was following Asif’s match online back at his home in Rawalpindi, said that he feels he has been dethroned by Asif.

“Now I can’t say that I am the only Snooker World Champion from Pakistan, I feel a little jealous now,” said Yousaf.

“But I am happy, Asif’s win is more than that, it is good news for Pakistanis in the middle of so much bad that is going on in the country. Asif has just opened the door for other players in Pakistan.”

Asif is the third Pakistani to reach final of the world event. Before him, Mohammad Yousuf had won it in 1994 while, in 2003, Saleh Mohammad was defeated by Pankaj Advani of India.

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Reader Comments (55)

  • MJK
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:03PM

    Awesome. Congratulations!!!!!

    Come on ET. Do a proper story on him.

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  • Salman
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:04PM

    Wow what a tough match that was. Excellent deserving victory for Asif. You made us proud.

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  • pakistani
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:06PM

    Congratulations…..Asif you made us proud!!!!!!!!

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:09PM

    Well done Asif we are proud of you,an advice do not feel over confident,be composed when somebody/media appreciated specially in Pakistan we do it too much, de track the winners in his concentration for future games.

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  • Mamoon Lodhi
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:15PM

    WELLDONE Asif on becomming a World Snooker Champion !!!
    This shows that our nation is full of talent, we just need proper guidance & a visionary leadership.

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  • mango people
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:20PM

    wohoo!!
    finally a good news :)

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  • Adil Khan
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:20PM

    Congratulations

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  • Hassan
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:21PM

    Thank you Muhammad Asif for giving us the gift of another championship.

    Pakistan Zindabad.

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  • Fahad Raza
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:22PM

    Hip HIp Hurray !! Hip Hip Hurray!!!! Hip Hip HURRRAAYYY!!!!

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  • Syed Zafar Haider
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:22PM

    Very well played, many many congratulations. He deserves the win but he also deserves to be viewed live but unfortunately there is not a single channel who broadcasted the match.

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  • KARACHITTES
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:23PM

    Congratulations Asif may god bless you with more accomplishments ahead.
    Keep up the good work for Pakistan

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  • Waqas Haider
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:23PM

    Congratulations Pakistan…!!!!!!
    May you Have many more victories in all fields…
    God(J.J.H) help PAKISTAN….ameen thum-ameen

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  • Zalam Singh
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:23PM

    What we say at these moments? Pakistan ZINDABAD!

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  • Abid Azam
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:24PM

    Congratulations Asif!! but this is not a World Snooker Championship, it is actually IBSF championship which governs non-professional snooker and English billiards around the world.

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  • Hassan
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:26PM

    Spot Fixing at its best!

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  • AhsanS
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:35PM

    Go fishing Khurram Agha and likes! He is a true Snooker champ! But when will we produce a cueist to compete in the Pro Masters .. someone like Ronnie ;)

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  • Anon
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:39PM

    Finally such a good news to hear. Considering the snooker facilities here, you have surely come a long way. Hats off and you have made the whole nation proud!

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  • Atif
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:47PM

    Congrats…. :)

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  • Blithe
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:49PM

    Pakistan Zindabad!!!

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  • Dec 2, 2012 - 11:00PM

    *Asif you made us proud you are fantastic champion of world snooker
    *
    @pakistani:

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  • Tariq
    Dec 2, 2012 - 11:02PM

    Waooo
    What a great new.
    I expect a rather bigger news on this champ !

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Dec 2, 2012 - 11:07PM

    Muhammad Asif after winning the IBSF World Snooker Championship finals has become PRIDE OF PAKISTAN.

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  • Zeux
    Dec 2, 2012 - 11:08PM

    Where are all the haters hiding? Congrats Champ! Proud of you.

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  • sajjad
    Dec 2, 2012 - 11:09PM

    great show.World champs.this nation needs more and more victories.thanx Asif

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  • Usman
    Dec 2, 2012 - 11:43PM

    First of all congratulations to Asif, but it should also be mentioned that he is the Amateur World Champion. This is not a professional competition. Same goes for our previous winner Muhammad Yousuf.

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  • Usman
    Dec 2, 2012 - 11:45PM

    First of all congratulations to Asif, but it should also be mentioned that he is the Amateur World Champion. This is not a professional competition. Same goes for our previous winner Muhammad Yousuf.Recommend

  • aamir javaid
    Dec 2, 2012 - 11:53PM

    What an astonishing performance that made all pakistan proud. Govt. should support such talent. Good going asif. We all love you.

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  • Parvez
    Dec 3, 2012 - 12:02AM

    Its high time the media and the people in advertising gave due attention to achievers like Mr. Asif and put the cricketing lot on the back burner for some time.
    Congratulations Mr. Asif, you make us proud.

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  • alysher
    Dec 3, 2012 - 12:03AM

    Well done Mohammed Asif! You have turned out to be the opposite of your namesake in Cricket.
    This, however, was the IBSF World Snooker Championship (World Amateur Snooker Championship) and not the World Snooker Championship (the actual World Cup of Snooker where Ronnie Sullivan is the current champion) as our “free” media leads everyone to believe. Even the previous winner Mohammed Yousuf (1994) won only the IBSF World Snooker Championship and we claimed we had the World Cup in Snooker. I sincerely hope you become good enough to lift that cup someday!

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  • BLing BLing
    Dec 3, 2012 - 12:05AM

    Tell us about more about his life, where he came from, his struggle to reach so far – everything, Trib. :D

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  • ASQ
    Dec 3, 2012 - 12:25AM

    @Usman: by mentioning IBSF it’s pretty obvious that it’s premier non professional tournament.i don’t know why we as a nation feel jealousy on achievements of any kind of others!!!

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  • Arsalan Ahmad
    Dec 3, 2012 - 12:30AM

    many congrats to Mohd Asif…really proud of u

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  • patriot
    Dec 3, 2012 - 12:39AM

    Yes! We need to take our cricket.hockey & squash titles back too!

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  • haseeb
    Dec 3, 2012 - 1:03AM

    proud to be a Pakistan, WELL DONE ASIF GEO…….:)
    GREAT job.

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  • Awais Shah
    Dec 3, 2012 - 1:29AM

    Wow Brother You Are Rocks…….

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  • Aviator
    Dec 3, 2012 - 1:33AM

    Fantastic news! Well done!

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  • Niaz Ahmad Khan
    Dec 3, 2012 - 1:37AM

    Muhammad Asif!
    Guys like u makes us (pakistani) proud…..

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  • Sania
    Dec 3, 2012 - 1:40AM

    @alysher: I have been saying this to my friends and they all think I am jealous :(

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  • liaqat
    Dec 3, 2012 - 1:51AM

    mashaallah
    very happy news,

    inshaallah m asif u can become international level now

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  • ObaidUllah
    Dec 3, 2012 - 2:30AM

    Awesome job, so ET when we are going to read Asif’s interview ? :) Pakistan Zindabad :)

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  • m Jahangir
    Dec 3, 2012 - 6:19AM

    Congratulation to Mohammed Asif on winning the IBSF Snooker Championship. All the best for the future. We are so proud of you Asif. Hope you become a World Snooker Champion one day.

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  • adnan
    Dec 3, 2012 - 7:36AM

    weldone asif
    dil dil pakistan

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  • lutf
    Dec 3, 2012 - 10:47AM

    Congrats on brilliant performance.

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  • Dec 3, 2012 - 10:50AM

    Weldone asif bhai !

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  • Wasim
    Dec 3, 2012 - 11:22AM

    Congratulation Muhammad Asif……. Outstanding performance

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  • Saleem Ashrafi
    Dec 3, 2012 - 1:11PM

    Muhammad Asif ……… Congratulation on Brilliant Performance
    Ham Hi Pakistani Jitaigay Bhai Jitaigay

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  • HolierThanThough
    Dec 3, 2012 - 3:26PM

    Congrats

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  • adeel ahmed
    Dec 3, 2012 - 4:59PM

    Really Outstanding Performance (Congrates)

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  • Bilal Ahmed
    Dec 3, 2012 - 5:48PM

    Well done Asif.. :)..Great News from Pakistan… :)

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  • Asif bashir
    Dec 3, 2012 - 7:59PM

    wel done Brother Asif The whole nation is proud of you

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  • Asif bashir
    Dec 3, 2012 - 8:01PM

    wel done whole nation is PROUD of you MAN

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  • Mohammad Jahanzaib
    Dec 3, 2012 - 11:48PM

    well that is a nice achievement, however the writer should have been more careful. He has not won the World Snooker Championship, it was ISBF Snooker Championship(amateurs championship), a much inferior tournament to the professional World Championship.

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  • abdul Muneam
    Dec 4, 2012 - 10:45PM

    well done Asif bhai, i could not see the match but was getting updates on geo news. with limited facilities u won the championship congts to u and ur family. pakistan zindabad

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  • Asim
    Dec 8, 2012 - 12:36PM

    Hello! Muhammad Asif…as a snooker player…as a muslim…as a pakistani…as a brother…I congrats you on your marvelous victory…I wish you best of luck…

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  • Murtaza
    Jan 1, 2013 - 1:08PM

    congrates brother so finally u proved that passion and struggle can fulfill ur dreams.

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