Karachi: Agra Taj FC has emerged as the champion of the 6th K-Electric (KE) Lyari Football League after defeating Kala Kot Kings by 5-3 on penalty shootouts after the match ended 0-0 in normal time, at the Kakri Football Ground. The Under-16 league-based tournament, organized by KE in association with District Football Association South, saw 16 teams go head to head for the top prize.
The extremely competitive final match pitted the two best teams of this year’s League. Neither of the teams was able to score a goal till the final whistle which took the match to penalty shootouts, where Agra Taj FC won 5-3 defeating Kala Kot FC and claimed the League title for 2018.
At the closing ceremony, after the final game of the league, Chief Guest Malik Fayyaz, DMC South along with KE Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Syed Fakhar Ahmed awarded the League trophy and a cash prize of PKR 100, 000 to the winning team. The runners-up received a cash prize of PKR 75, 000, third place of this year’s league went to Gizri Stars receiving a cash prize of PKR 50, 000. For an exceptional performance throughout the competition, Gizri Stars FC’s Zubair was declared Man of the Tournament.
Speaking on the occasion, KE’s Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Syed Fakhar Ahmed said,
“I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to the winning team today. All the teams wholeheartedly participated in the tournament – paying homage to former footballing legends of Lyari with their technical display and skill set. Lyari has always been known to produce great footballing talent for Pakistan and we hope to see more players from this league develop into players that represent Pakistan on an international level. KE strongly believes in empowering society and giving back to the community. Being a strong advocate of fostering emerging talent, we will continue our support to channel the positive energy of our youth.”
Malik Fayyaz, Chairman, DMC South during the closing ceremony added
“We are proud to have KE on board with us for supporting the youth of Lyari, as they have previously conducted a women’s football and boxing tournament as well. Such tournaments provide a platform for the young talent of Lyari. In the near future, we will also be inaugurating a Bazinjo synthetic turf ground in Lyari as well.”
A total of 320 participants aged 16 years or under, competed in KE’s Lyari League this year. Previous editions of the league have provided a platform to more than 1,400 children from the locality. Lyari League was conceived to provide the youth of Lyari with a platform to showcase their footballing skills and talent