ISLAMABAD - AFC U-14 Festival of Football concluded on Sunday and two matches were played to accomplish a total of six matches under the second format where the teams played 60 minutes with a half-time break and three substitutes allowed after 15 minutes.

In the first match Tajikistan and Afghanistan play goalless draw. Tajiks could have easily scored at least 2 goals had their forwards not missed opportunities in the first half. In the second half same situation was witnessed, Tajik forwards took the ball in opponents goal but failed to score thus math ended 0-0 draw.

In the last match both Pakistani teams, seniors thrashed Pakistan A 4-2. Pakistan took the lead in the third minute through Junaid.

The lead was doubled in the 4th minute, by Karam Hussain. Muneer scored third goal for seniors I the 12th minutes while Junaid scored his second and team’s fourth goal in the 24th minute.

After scoring 4 goals Pakistan senior got relaxed and that allowed Pakistan A team to stage a comeback and scored their first goal in the 27th minute through striker Hashim, Ramzan then scored his team’s second goal in the 30th minute, both teams went in to the break at 4-2. No team could score in the second half thus match ended 4-2 in favour Pakistan senior.

Speaking at the prize distribution ceremony chief guest Federal Minister for States and Frontier Region (SAFRON)  Eng. Shaukat Ullah Khan said that sports are an important component and imperative for the projection of the soft image of Pakistan in the world and the government is taking keen interest to promote the sports among youth to save them from becoming addicts.

 Project Director AFC John Whittle thanked PFF management committee and organisers for hosting this event amicably and appreciated their continuous collaboration with AFC for development of football in Asia. Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, President PFF in his message said that AFC decision to choose Islamabad as a venue for this premier youth football event makes him feel proud as it augurs well for Pakistan.

He said that he hopes that by the time this event concludes, its impression would have been further reinforced.

General Secretary PFF praised the participating teams of the event Afghanistan and Tajikistan beside two Pakistan outfits. This would help these countries to asses youth talent in their countries. Indeed it is an honour for Pakistan to be hosting this prestigious AFC event second time in running as this event is allocated to Pakistan for the next year too.

“We are thankful to AFC for awarding U-14 and U-13 Festival 2012 & 2013 respectively to Pakistan which speaks of the trust AFC has in PFF. I am also thankful to Islamabad Football Federation (IFA), Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) and Government of Pakistan for their full support for making this event a great success.