Muhammad Rasool’s third hat-trick in three games was enough to fire a rampant KESC side to the final of the KPT Challenge Cup, where they take on Tariq Lutfi’s KRL.
This year’s finale of the Challenge Cup is filled with precocious talent and looks likely to be flooded with goals galore.
In-form forward Rasool, who is currently leading the scoring charts with 10, will feature from the KESC side, joined by the likes of Muhammad Essa amongst others.
The team from Karachi were able to overcome WAPDA in their semi-final with a 3-0 scoreline, after Arif Mehmood failed to find the breakthrough despite hitting the post four times.
“You know it was not our day as Arif’s four shots hit the poles,” said disappointed WAPDA boss Syed Qasim Raza.
Former Pakistan skipper Essa revealed his side’s tactics going into the game and claimed that by playing on the counterattack, they had been able to grind out wins in their last few games.
“Like the other matches, we opted to play on counter-attacks and again we succeeded.”
After his team’s loss to KRL, Navy trainer Khalid Zubair said that refereeing decisions had ultimately decided the outcome of his side.
“We were hurt by the partial decisions of the referee. He not only denied us a penalty for a hand ball but also showed red card to Asif wrongly,” he said.
KRL and KESC go head-to-head tomorrow in what promises to be an exciting finale to the Challenge Cup.