KRL on sixth place after 2-0 win

Defending champions pip HBL in PPFL tie.

Our Correspondent December 29, 2013
KRL had a slow start in the season as they drew five and lost two of the 15 matches they have played so far. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Defending champions KRL registered their eighth win in the current Pakistan Premier Football League (PPFL) season as they defeated HBL 2-0 in Lahore on Sunday.

Striker, Kaleemullah scored the opening goal in the 44th minute, while Muhammad Adil sealed victory in the 81st minute.

This was Kaleemullah’s 11th goal out of the 22 that KRL have fielded this season.

“We can win the league, it’s still in our hands,” Kaleemullah told The Express Tribune. “Our next nine matches will be crucial, and we will go in the field with a winning mentality.”

With the win, KRL hopped to the sixth place with 29 points.

“A break in the league has been very helpful for us,” added Kaleem. “I attended national coach Mohamed Shamlan’s camp and that changed my perspective in a big way. There were other KRL players in the camp as well.”

The 21-year-old said that KRL is in good shape to take on the top three clubs – KESC, Wapda and PAF – in the league.

“It’s very important for KRL to win this time. It’ll be our ticket to the Asian Football Confederation Champions League next year.”

KRL also received a cash reward of Rs1 million from the Pakistan Football Federation last week for becoming the first club in the country to play the AFC President’s Cup final.

Meanwhile, debutants Lyallpur FC got a walk-over against ZTBL when the latter did not turn up for the match.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 30th, 2013.

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