Karachi United’s Under-11 and Under-12 teams made Pakistan proud by beating the Aspire Academy to clinch a series in Qatar.
The four teams squared off in a series of four games.
The Under-12 side managed to clinch a clean-sweep in the series. They grabbed a 4-2 win in the first game and clinched a 4-0 victory in the second and third fixtures. The fourth game was won 5-3 on a penalty shootout.
The Under-11 team won their first game 4-1 but lost their second made by a close margin of 3-4. Aspire managed to win the third game 2-1. The side won their fourth match 3-0. The Karachi side were awarded the series victory on the basis of aggregate.
No support from the Pakistan Football Federation
The young footballers and their coach Mohammad Wajid were guests on SAMAA TV’s show Naya Din on Wednesday where they said they train hard but have no support from the Pakistan Football Federation.
“I was very happy about the victory because we trained with full dedication with them for six months. Only then we could be able to make such a side for the tournament,” Wajid said. He added that their training hours are from 2pm till 6pm. “They come for training right after school,” he added.
The coach said that the players train for the matches in a relaxed state of mind and do not worry too much.
He lamented that the federation did not support them for the tournament neither did they contact them.
The footballers also performed a rap song during the show.
Twelve-year-old Jalal, who leads the Under-12 side, said that they overcame the odds by playing with passion and dedication.
Jalal sees French striker Paul Pogba as his hero.