KARACHI: National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) won their respective matches on the second day of the Pakistan Cup 9-a-Side Hockey Tournament at the Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium in Karachi on Monday.
In the first match of the day, Faisal Qadir scored the opening goal for NBP against SSGC in the 17th minute before Dilber Hussein scored twice in two second-half minutes to triple his team’s lead. The final goal was scored by Atiq Arshad in the 40th minute as NBP ran away comfortable 4-0 winners.
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All three of NBP’s goalscorers were a part of the junior hockey team that recently visited Europe for a four-nation hockey tournament, and head coach Abuzar Umrao was quick to link the trio’s performance with the foreign excursion.
“The recent tour of the junior team is showing results in this championship as all of our four goals were scored by the members of junior team,” Umrao told The Express Tribune. “This shows that international tours are beneficial to the players and the more they go abroad the more they will progress.”
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Meanwhile later on in the day, PAF defeated Pakistan Hockey Federation Development Squad (PDS) 2-0 as Adnan scored the first goal in 20th minute followed by Sami’s strike nine minutes later.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2016.
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