Afzaal’s treble guides Army to their first win in PPFL

By our correspondent

MULTAN: Mohammad Afzaal made the first hat-trick of the season as former two-time champions Army romped to their maiden win when they whipped Islamabad’s Huma FC 6-0 in their fixture of the 13th Pakistan Premier Football League (PPFL) at the Qasim Bagh Stadium here Saturday night.

Meanwhile in a hard-fought show holders Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) were shocked by Faisalabad’s Lyallpur FC with a goalless draw.

In the first game Huma FC had to face more trouble against Army’s strong attack before losing the clash by a huge margin. Midfielder Mohammad Afzaal was the hero for Army as the young midfielder completed the first hat-trick of the season. Army broke the ice through Mateen Tariq who landed a solid goal in the 27th minute.

Afzaal then joined the party with his excellent performance, netting successive goals in the 33rd and 53rd minute to enable soldiers take their lead to 3-0. Farmanullah then added to the Huma FC’s misery with a strike in the 70th minute before Afzaal hammering another in the 88th minute to complete his treble.

Farman then completed his double with a 90th minute strike to complete a huge win for Army being coached by former Pakistan captain and the country’s most successful former goalie Jaffar Khan. Huma FC also squandered a few open-net chances which hurt their cause.

This was the first win for Army and they opened their account with three points. They had lost their opener against PAF 0-1. They will now face Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) in their next game on August 25.

Meanwhile at the same venue Lyallpur FC did a terrific job to hold the record five-time champions KRL to a goalless draw to pull off a point. Rajab Ali was booked in the nineth  minutes for a foul. KRL missed four corners while Lyallpur FC failed to get advantage of the two corners.

This was the second drawn game played by KRL after they were also held to a 1-1 draw in their opener by Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA).

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