Street Child World Cup: Pakistan lose to Burundi in semi-final

Published: April 5, 2014
Pakistan nonetheless played brilliantly throughout the tournament, topping the Group Three scoring 18 goals in their four matches. PHOTO: AZAD FOUNDATION

Pakistan nonetheless played brilliantly throughout the tournament, topping the Group Three scoring 18 goals in their four matches. PHOTO: AZAD FOUNDATION

RIO DE JANEIRO: Burundi beat Pakistan in a closely fought Street Child World Cup (SCWC) semi-final on Saturday after a tough battle between the two teams. 

The match started off with a tricky start for Pakistan as Burundi scored within the first few minutes.

But Pakistan soon leveled the scores, making it 1-1 and then took the lead 2-1.

Just before halftime, Pakistan doubled their lead to 3-1, giving Burundi mountain to climb after the break.

However, as the the second half started, Burundi provided the best response, as they immediately got a goal to get back into the game.

Both sides played some attacking football but it was Burundi who came away with the most of it, scoring twice in two minutes to lead 4-3.

They held off some ferocious attacks from Pakistan, with the Burndi keeper working hard to keep Pakistan out and ensure they qualified for the final.

Pakistan nonetheless played brilliantly throughout the tournament, topping the Group Three scoring 18 goals in their four matches against teams including India (13-0), Kenya (2-0), Mauritius (3-0) and playing a draw with US (1-1).

Burundi now face Tanzania in the final. Tanzania had earlier in the day defeated USA 6-1.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Apr 5, 2014 - 8:40PM

    Too much of promotion of cricket leave rest of the sports neglected. ET should promote other sports as well like Hokcey, Footbal, Boxing etc.


  • Ussama Yaqub
    Apr 5, 2014 - 8:51PM

    Well done boys! I feel so proud reading this news.


  • Qasim
    Apr 5, 2014 - 8:52PM

    THanks tribune for live commentary , i follow all here , u r cool Mr tribune. I am happy


  • String theory.
    Apr 5, 2014 - 9:08PM

    Brave boz they already won our minds and heart and got in semi final is already great achievement.


  • Zain
    Apr 5, 2014 - 9:15PM

    Good Job, Liyari kids. This is what needs to be promoted in Streets of Karachi, particularly Liyari where gang violence is rampant but kids in those areas love Football, and most of them in this team are more than likely from poor and neglected areas of Karachi.


  • YP Mississauga
    Apr 5, 2014 - 9:17PM



  • gr
    Apr 5, 2014 - 9:19PM

    Too bad that we lost in the semi final. But great play by Pakistan’s children. They got to the semi finals, and if we make this a thing and truly invest resources and energy into providing facilities for these children, perhaps they’ll bring this cup home one day. Proud of Team Pakistan in SCWC.


  • Parvez
    Apr 5, 2014 - 9:21PM

    Our boys played well but lost after giving a tough fight…………they are heros and should be welcomed back as such.


  • satan
    Apr 5, 2014 - 9:25PM

    Thats such a shame. We should investigate this matter and ask Mr. Sethi to help us on that.


  • Rashid Rupani
    Apr 5, 2014 - 9:30PM

    We are proud of you!


  • HAmmad
    Apr 5, 2014 - 9:33PM

    Tribune is first newspaper in History Pak, how gave live commentary to football, wow .
    I congratulation nation for such great change for Pakistan


  • CII
    Apr 5, 2014 - 9:38PM

    We’ll done kids

    You made us and pakistan proud


  • Prakash
    Apr 5, 2014 - 10:13PM

    I fail to understand why so much importance is given to street children cricket match.Do PCB select the players participating in these games ? Do they have competition of cricket for street children within the country?What are the criteria of deciding a child street children?


  • Aisha
    Apr 5, 2014 - 10:24PM

    They bring really great name and respect for Pakistan in today world, which Pak cant get even by spending millions of Dollar .
    Now Pak should give them at least one football ground in Karachi. U know in whole Karachi we have just 6 football ground,
    Its our responsibility to develop one football ground for these children of Layire


  • Prakash
    Apr 5, 2014 - 10:29PM

    Sorry for my comments earlier thinking it as street children cricket tournament but by replacing cricket with football my question remains the same.


  • proud
    Apr 5, 2014 - 11:28PM

    proud proud proud of my pakistani children..
    Thanks so much for the great achievement children of pakistan


  • alladitta
    Apr 5, 2014 - 11:45PM

    @Zain: aren’t they street kids. abandoned and living on streets. is there any other type than “Poor and neglected”. :))).


  • Zubair Ali Raja
    Apr 6, 2014 - 3:54AM

    So much proud of these homeless kids. Bring tears to my eyes. this page will show the raw talent we have. there is noo support from government latter on. India lost to Pakistan 13 goals to nil, Kenya a football neriched country defeated by pakistani kids 2 goals to nil, we draw a match with USA 1-1, defeated Mauritius by 3 to nil, defeated Philippine in quarters 4 to 3 (on penalties), but got defeated by Burundi in Semis by 4 goals to 3 (again a close finish). Now for 3rd and 4th position we these Pakistani kids going to face USA. Remember most of them are from Makran and u just need to put some attention and u will be having world class football team in next 1 to 2 decades. Govt. should pay attention on sports engage kids in healthy activities and through this they will remain away from criminal activities (drugs, suicide bombing etc.). But the issue is that we do not have visionary leadership they do not know hoe to tackle the issues pertaining to youth. I am always sad whenever I see the waste of such an immense talent in Pakistan.


  • String theory.
    Apr 6, 2014 - 5:47AM

    bcz In Pak cricket kidnapped or monopolized over all the sports, that is y.


  • jamshad
    Apr 6, 2014 - 6:24AM

    @Jahangir Chauhan:
    u are on spot man, that is really we need , too much cricket coverage is destroying our sport culture in Pakistan. Pak should not focus on lazy sport cricket.


  • Rashid
    Apr 6, 2014 - 6:26AM

    oh my God football and Pakistan, unbelievable, these guys r super heroes.


  • Apr 6, 2014 - 1:02PM

    result of peace talks is evident. No terrorist incident and a beautiful life.


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