LAHORE - A tough fight is expected among foremost departmental teams when National Football Challenge Cup (NFCC) 2008 commences at Karachi's Peoples Sports Complex and CDGK Stadium simultaneously Thursday (May 1). Four matches are on the card for first day. National champions WAPDA will take on SSGC while other ties will be : KRL v PAF, Navy v PEL and NBP v PTV . Mauripur Road's Peoples Complex in Lyari Town will host 18 matches including two quarter finals, both semi-finals and final. The 14 matches, including two quarter-finals, of 32-match show will be arranged at CDGK Stadium (formerly KMC Stadium), Sheldon Road in Saddar Town. The representative of Pakistan in this year's AFC President Cup, WAPDA will be hot favourites in the event that has been revitalised after 2005. WAPDA are being bracketed with NBP, PTV and SSGC in Group-B while nine-times champions PIA will face challenge from KPT, HBL and SGP in Group-C comprised of four Karachi-based teams. The Group-A comprises four outstation outfits viz Rawalpindi's KRL, Islamabad's Navy, PAF and Lahore's newly-formed PEL. Army will oppose three Karachi's outfits KESC, Pak Steel and PPWD in Group-D. It will be 18th event for departmental teams and second to be played under title "National Football Challenge Cup". The history of the event, incepted at Sindh's third largest city Sukkur in 1979, orbited around 29 years with most successful team Allied Bank Limited lifted the title four times. Pakistan Army, Faisalabad's Crescent Textile Mills and PTCL grabbed the gold on two occasions while single-time winners were KPT, Quetta's Marker Club, NBP, Frontier Constabulary, HBL, PIA and SGP. There was no sign of most successful team of event - ABL - when the event was launched in 1979 at Sukkur as Inter Departmental Championship. The second edition was seen in 1984 and was rebaptised Inter Provincial Championship. The four provincial teams were admitted but not considered for the final ranking. The same held for the 1985, 1987 tournament. Only since 1990 has the tournament been held regularly, albeit under frequent name changes. ABL won the event in maiden appearance at Quetta in 1996 and won, in all, four gold and one silver in seven editions from 1996 to 2003. Schedule May 1: KRL v PAF (2 PM), WAPDA v SSGC (4.30 PM) at Peoples Complex, Navy v PEL (2 PM), NBP v PTV (4.30 PM) at CDGK Stadium May 2: KPT v SGP (2 PM), Army v PPWD (4.30 PM) at Peoples Sports Complex, PIA v HBL (2 PM), KESC v Pak Steel (4.30 PM) at CDGK Stadium May 3: KRL v PEL (2 PM), WAPDA v PTV (4.30 PM) at Peoples Sports Complex, PAF v Navy (2 PM), SSGC v NBP (4.30 PM) at CDGK Stadium May 4: KPT v HBL (4.30 PM) at Peoples Sports Complex, PIA v SGP (4.30 PM) at CDGK Stadium May 5: Army v Pak Steel (4.30 PM) at Peoples Sports Complex, KESC v PPWD (4.30 PM) at CDGK Stadium May 6: KRL v Navy (2 PM), WAPDA v NBP (4.30 PM) at Peoples Sports Complex, PEL v PAF (2 PM), PTV v SSGC (4.30 PM) at CDGK stadium May 7: KPT v PIA (2 PM), Army v KESC (4.30 PM) at Peoples Sports Complex, HBL v SGP (2 PM), PPWD v Pak steel (4.30 PM) at CDGK Stadium May 9, 10: Quarter-finals (3.30 PM - Peoples Sports Complex and CDGK Stadium) May 11,12: Semi-Finals (2.30 PM at Peoples Sports Complex) May 14: Bronze-medal decider (2.30 PM at Peoples Sports Complex) May 15: FINAL (2.30 PM at Peoples sports Complex).