Pakistan qualify for knockout stage of Norway Cup

The Pakistan street child team qualified for the knockout stage of the ongoing Norway Cup in Oslo.

Pakistan beat Skjold IL 2-0 to register their third consecutive victory on Tuesday. Ahmad Raza and captain Tufail Shinwari scored the goals for the winning side.

The Green Shirts will face Molde FK in the first round of knockout stage on Thursday.

Earlier, Pakistan beat Årvoll IL 2-1 and Frigg Oslo FK 11-1 to start the tournament with two consecutive wins.

The Ambassador of Pakistan to Norway, Saadia Altaf Qazi, also met the Pakistan team on Tuesday. She lauded the team’s performance in the tournament, so far, on this occasion. 

Pakistan is participating in the Norway Cup under the banner of Muslim Hands, a charity organization in Pakistan, and thus is playing under the name of Muslim Hands FC.

A total of 2,350 teams and about 30,000 players are participating in the tournament across different competitions.

It must be noted here that Pakistan team finished runners-up in the Street Child World Cup in Doha last year. They remained unbeaten throughout the tournament but lost the final against Egypt on penalties (4-3).

They were also the runners-up in the previous edition in Russia (2018), meanwhile in Brazil (2014) they finished third.

Pakistan’s squad

Tufail Shinwari ©, Saud Ahmed, Asad Nasir, Abid Ali, Faisal Ahmad, Mohammad Ali, Ahmad Raza, Abdul Wahab, Shahmir, Sahil Gull, Mohammad Adeel, Abdullah, Ubaid Ullah, Ali Asif.

By Ch Fahad Khan Janda