By our correspondent
KARACHI: Defending champions Army continued to excel as they whipped minnows Riaz Kamil Women FC 9-0 in their match of the National Women Football Championship here at KMC Stadium which also saw the losers’ goalkeeper Nida Karim fell unconscious when she was hit in her face while failing to anticipate a heavy close-range drive.
After administering first aid she was shifted to a nearby hospital and her condition was stable as per Riaz Kamal Women FCofficial. The official also said that her CT scan was also clear. She has been discharged from hospital.
The official said that he had his physiotherapist and other officialsafter she fell unconscious and their first aid helped before she was carried to a doctor through an ambulance.
However sources said that the ambulance took more time to reach the spot. The ground source, meanwhile, said that the ambulance was present outside the ground. A senior coach, who coaches one of the teams featuring in the event, said that it happened because there was a huge difference between the strength of both the teams.
“You know Riaz Kamil Women FC are a fresh club and their players are also inexperienced and lack strength. Army on the other hand, are mighty club, and are defending the title so definitely such things will happen and fatal injuries could hit the weaker sides,” the coach said.
“The big issue is that 19 teams are featuring in the event and most of them lack experience. How they can resist against tough teams who have been playing for years?,” the coach said.
He also pointed out that the ultraviolet rays also are more dangerous in between 10am to 2pm and matches are also held in the same time-frame so its natural that inexperienced players would face issues.
“FIFA allows associations to make some alterations in events regulations as per local environment by reducing field size and match duration if you have weak players who cannot play in standard conditions. But our Director Technical, who is a foreigner, does not know this,” the coach pointed out.
Defending champions Army won their third match on trot when they crushed Riaz Kamil FC 9-0. Hajra Khan and Rameen Fareed scored a hat-trick each for Army while Eeshal Fayyaz, Swaiba Sarfraz and Rishail contributed with a goal apiece in the Group C match. Army are in a solid position at the top of the group standings with nine points. JAFA Soccer Academy, who beat Young Rising Stars Layyah 4-0 at the KPT Stadium, are second in Group D with six points. For JAFA, Fatima scored a brace while Bismah and Kiran Fatima hit the remaining two goals.
In Group D outing Mohsin Gilani Women FC comfortably beat MUK FC 5-0 to claim their first three points in the competition. They are third in the group below Highlanders FC and Diya WFC meanwhile whipped Abbottabad’s Nawanshehr United FA 9-0. Diya’s veteran player Rukhsar Rashid scored a hat-trick while Zunaira Shah netted a brace. The remaining goals were scored by Kiran Qureshi, Aliya Jhallka, Ubeer and Shumaila Hussain. There will be no matches on Thursday (today) and Friday (tomorrow).