Pakistan revives National Club Championship

The Pakistan Football Federation has announced that eight top clubs will vie for honours in the 9-day National Club Football Championship which has been re-introduced after a lapse of 12 years. A PFF spokesman told Daily Times that the holding of the event was "one of the many landmark steps taken by PFF president Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat for the revival of the game at the grassroots level". The participating clubs are Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, NWFP, FATA, Islamabad, Northern Areas and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Officials will be Chaudhry Muhammad Asghar (match commissioner) and Mian Abdul Bari (referee inspector) at Model Town C-Block Ground and Muhammad Arif Siddiqui (match commissioner) and Chaudhry Abdul Rasheed (referee inspector) at Railway Stadium. Referees will be Asif Kiyani, Rauf Bari, Waheed Murad (Lahore), Abdul Karim, Yunus Lal (Karachi), Jahanghir Khan (Quetta), Muhammad Amin (NWFP), Rana Naseer Ahmed (Shah Kot Punjab), Shahid Rasheed (Arifwala), Ulfat Ali Khan (Punjab) and Mehar Mukhtar (Okara).

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