Pakistan under-16 football team beat arch-rivals India 1-0 in the South Asian Football Federation Championship currently underway in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Striker Mansoor Khan starred for the team lobbing the ball into the net in the 20th minute off a long pass by captain Muneer Aftab, that ensured Pakistan’s young guns won the encounter.
The under-16 team adopted an attacking style right from the start of the match to overcome the Indian defence and the tactics worked beautifully with the winning goal. India tried their level best to equalise but were unable to break the deadlock handing Pakistan a winning start to the campaign.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 2nd, 2011.