Street Child World Cup: Spirited Pakistan edge US to claim third spot

Published: April 6, 2014
File photo of the team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil PHOTO: AFP/FILE

File photo of the team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil PHOTO: AFP/FILE

RIO DE JANEIRO: Team Pakistan defeated the US 3-2 on penalty-kicks to clinch the bronze medal at the Street Child World Cup 2014 in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.

Pakistan gave another stellar performance in the competition as they scored first against the US, although the first-half ended with a 1-1 scoreline, Pakistan took the lead in the second half as well, which the US equalised again.

At the end of fulltime both teams were 2-2. Extra-time was awarded but both sides were unable to score, forcing the game into penalties.

Pakistan won the match on penalty-kicks, which goal-keeper and captain Sameer Ahmed proved to be a wall for the opponents.

The teenager blocked at least two attempts by the US strikers in full-time, while he stopped one penalty-kick during the shoot-out.

“Its alright if we didn’t qualify for the finals, it was God’s will,” said the Azad Foundation official Itfan Maqbool. “This bronze medal is also an achievement. God must have a better plan for us; it’s alright if we didn’t play in the final. This is also a victory for us.”

Talking about the players Maqbool said that the team is supporting Tanzania over Burundi for the final.

“We lost to Burundi of course, but of we look at ht e game, Tanzania are better,” said Maqbool.

Earlier on Saturday, Burundi beat Pakistan in a closely fought semi-final on Saturday after a tough battle between the two teams.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Fahad Raza
    Apr 6, 2014 - 8:42PM

    While The Burgers from DHA cheer up for Chelsea F.C….Street Children from LYARI snatch a spot at World Cup.


  • Truth_Prevails
    Apr 6, 2014 - 8:43PM

    Bravo Green Shirts! U r a pride of this Nation.


  • LSE
    Apr 6, 2014 - 9:22PM

    IMPRESSED! Proud of You


  • pakis
    Apr 6, 2014 - 9:36PM

    yar bari gal ay haina waisay….


  • Zog
    Apr 6, 2014 - 10:20PM

    So so so very proud of you boys…
    Well done…
    You are the role models the young should aspire to…
    Wear that Green Shirt with pride and stand tall


  • mohib khan
    Apr 6, 2014 - 10:34PM

    These kids went to play for this country and did wonders in spite of the fact that Pakistan does not have a credible football national team. I would say these boys had and have talent should be encouraged and the team should be sponsored so that they can grow up to be great foot ball players. When Spain and Brazil can produce players why can’t Pakistan. All they need is proper coaching and we will have great players to boast like Spain Brazil and Argentine


  • Charlie Chaplen
    Apr 6, 2014 - 11:00PM

    how about having senior Pakistan cricket team consisting of street players ?


  • Kepler-8B
    Apr 6, 2014 - 11:08PM

    This is a genuine gift from Lyari youth to Pakistan. You made Pakistan proud.


  • Parvez
    Apr 6, 2014 - 11:10PM

    Hero’s…..each and every one of them.


  • salman
    Apr 6, 2014 - 11:16PM

    who cares! cricket all the way


  • Maria
    Apr 7, 2014 - 12:28AM

    Mr Fahad Raza , on your comment
    “While The Burgers from DHA cheer up for Chelsea F.C….Street Children from LYARI snatch a spot at World Cup.”

    are you a witness to this? how can you testify this? I am sick of this burger and bun kebab
    thinking, we are all pakistanis, I am from Defence and I love PAKISTAN, these are my people, my kids, I love them like my own , I was, am and will always be cheering for pakistani team, these are not “lyari” kids, , please review your mentality! these are children of pakistan! our children, our future, no matter which part they belong to! salute to you kids!!! live long and achieve many many many successes in future , in sha Allah aameen!


  • Fawad
    Apr 7, 2014 - 1:03AM

    We need some merit players in Cricket as well. InshAllah you’ll see results like football players have showed.


  • Yasir
    Apr 7, 2014 - 10:37AM

    Can anyone tell me how can one get these Pakistan World Cup Football Jerseys? I feel proud man.


  • Aziz
    Apr 7, 2014 - 12:05PM

    Do we have street children cricket and hockey too?

    If not then it is about time because they can bypass the “sports apartheid” between the well connected and the rest of the country and produce results.


  • Saad
    Apr 8, 2014 - 12:08AM

    @FahadRaza you clearly doesn’t seem to live in Defence/Clifton. You should feel proud of people living in defence and clifton at least. They are the people who owns shopping malls, hospitals, schools, resturants, hotels, showrooms, tv channels, branded outlets, electronic stores etc etc etc..because of them you feel proud of your city…if they leave Pakistan and take out their money…we will have people like you/p>Recommend

  • Rehan
    Apr 8, 2014 - 4:27PM

    @Saad So you think only big shopping malls make a great nation not the common people.Let throw those middle class & lower middle class people out of Defence /Clifton so that you can enjoy on your malls.The ground reality is that these children won’t get any opportunity to in the national team because they belongs to a poor locality.


  • Rehan
    Apr 8, 2014 - 5:03PM

    Admin,You didn’t post my previous comments seems you believe in class system.


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