KARACHI: WAPDA had to overcome stiff resistance from SNGPL to secure their place in the semi-final of the NBP President’s Cup on Wednesday.
After the match finished goalless in normal and extra time, the quarter-final was decided on penalties which WAPDA won 11-10 at the KPT Stadium.
WAPDA’s key player and seasoned striker Arif Mehmood hailed his side for the win and also praised SNGPL, who just came into existence three years ago, for their impressive display.
“The football on show was very Faisalabad-esque,” Mehmood told The Express Tribune. “SNGPL are also from Punjab and they too have many players from Faisalabad. I would just say that it was like we were playing with an equal side; not one which was new, not one which was inexperienced. SNGPL showed great character; they made the match difficult for us in every way.”
He further added, “I feel their playing style is the same as ours so it was easier to predict their moves. A very tiring quarter-final it was, hopefully we can recuperate for the semi-final.”
Meanwhile, SNGPL coach Khalid Khan lavished his side with praise despite the exit. “It was a very tough match for sure,” said Khan. “We held the former champions, a very experienced side in this quarter-final. I feel we did our best. It is just that penalties can be anybody’s game.”
WAPDA will now play SSGC in the second semi-final of the tournament on January 27.
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