Street Child World Cup: Pakistan edge Philippines to go through to semi-finals

Published: April 4, 2014
The boys will face the US in the semi-finals on Saturday.

The boys will face the US in the semi-finals on Saturday.

RIO DE JANEIRO: Pakistan edged Philippines on penalties to win the quarter-finals of the Street Child World Cup (SCWC) on Friday and are now through to the semi-finals.

After full time and extra time, the sides were locked 1-1, forcing the game to go to penalties. Pakistani boys stepped up to spot and converted three of their kicks. Philippines could only score two of their penalties.

The Pakistani team have been dominating the SCWC. Previously, they beat Kenya 2-0 in their second match of the tournament.

Azad Foundation official Ali Bilgrami, who is currently with the team in Brazil, said that the players have gained confidence with their second win in the tournament.

“In our match against Kenya, the opponents kept blocking and manhandling Abdul Raziq who scored eight goals for us in the previous match,” Bilgrami told The Express Tribune.

“But our players are very fast and Aurangzeb scored brilliant goals for the team. Our players are more confident now, and I hope this tournament and experience in Brazil will remain with them for the rest of their lives.”

The SCWC is featuring 20 teams. The event aims to provide an identity to street children all over the world.

On Friday evening, Twitter was ablaze with many supporters and fans taking to the social media site to show their support.

Pakistan will go head-to-head with the US in the semi-finals on Saturday, April 5.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Nkhan
    Apr 4, 2014 - 9:19PM

    Its has always been cherish to hear such kind of “Positive” news related to Pakistan…… Go my future generation of Pakistan……. Best of luck :)….. Make us proud :)…


  • Saad Khan
    Apr 4, 2014 - 10:04PM

    Ah Gosh these street childs are better than first class cricketers lolz hats off for this team of street boys.


  • AK
    Apr 4, 2014 - 10:49PM

    Superb !!!! Go Green …….Go.


  • Sharjeel
    Apr 4, 2014 - 11:08PM

    Amazing performance boys, we are so proud of you. Good luck for your next match.


  • Unknown
    Apr 4, 2014 - 11:53PM

    Excellent. keep it up


  • falah
    Apr 4, 2014 - 11:57PM

    MashaAllah…these champions deserve a big biggg applause from whole nation as well as from the government..


  • Caresless Whispers
    Apr 5, 2014 - 12:20AM

    PCB needs to look for talented Street Kids to replace current Pak Cricket team :)


  • raja
    Apr 5, 2014 - 1:15AM

    Electronic Media should focus on the football. Even you can see the news on scroll.


  • Syed Ashraf
    Apr 5, 2014 - 1:36AM

    Update: Semi-Finalists announced! BOYS: Tanzania v USA and Burundi v Pakistan


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