2018 National Challenge Cup

The 2018 PFF National Challenge Cup was the 27th edition of domestic cup competition in Pakistan. 24 teams participated in the competition, from 21 April to 10 May 2018. The Pakistan National Challenge Cup was held in Karachi after FIFA lifted it ban.[3] The matches took place at the KPT Stadium and the All Brothers Football Stadium, Malir.[4]

2018 PFF National Challenge Cup
National Challenge Cup
CountryPakistan
Dates21 April 2018 –10 May 2018[1]
CityKarachi
Championship venueAll Brother's Football Stadium
KPT Stadium
Teams24
Defending championsKhan Research Laboratories
ChampionsPakistan Air Force (2nd title)
Runners-upWAPDA
Third placePakistan Petroleum
Fourth placeCivil Aviation Authority
Matches played32
Goals scored74 (2.31 per match)
Attendance42,500 (1,328 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Nazir Ahmed (5 goals)[2]
Best playerZaid Umar
Best goalkeeperGhazanfar Yasin
2016
2019
All statistics correct as of May 10, 2018.

The tournament took place after a gap of two years due to a power struggle within the Pakistan Football Federation. The Federation was being run by a court-appointed administrator, whose appointment was declared unlawful by a division bench of the High Court which ordered financial and administrative control to be handed over to the legitimate body headed by Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat. FIFA also lifted the ban imposed on PFF after the legitimate body was restored by the court ruling.[3]

The tournament coincided with the appointment of José Antonio Nogueira as head coach of the Pakistan national football team on 16 April 2018.[5] Nogueira reached Karachi on 26 April to witness the event first-hand.[6]

TeamsEdit

The 24 teams participating in the tournament are as below:[1]

2018 Pakistan National Teams
# Name # Name # Name # Name
1 K-Electric F.C. 7 Pakistan Airlines 13 Pakistan Police 19 Civil Aviation Authority
2 WAPDA 8 National Bank 14 Pakistan Public Works Department 20 Karachi United
3 Pakistan Army 9 Sui Northern Gas 15 Sindh Government Press 21 Hazara Coal
4 Khan Research Laboratories 10 Karachi Port Trust 16 Gwadar Port Authority 22 Pakistan Ordnance Factories
5 Pakistan Airforce 11 Pakistan Navy 17 Sui Southern Gas 23 Ashraf Sugar Mills
6 Falcon 12 Pakistan Petroleum 18 State Life 24 Asia Ghee Mills

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Ashraf Sugar Mills 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4 Advance to Knockout round
2 National Bank 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2 3
3 Falcon 2 0 1 1 0 3 −3 1
Updated to match(es) played on 21 April 2018. Source: FPDC
National Bank0–1Ashraf Sugar Mills
Report Abbas Ahmed   90+2'
Attendance: 1,100
Referee: Muhammad Ahmad Rauf
National Bank3–0Falcon
Maqbool   2'
Munir Ahmed   28'
Zain-ul-Abdeen   72'
Report
All Brothers Football Ground, Karachi
Attendance: 1,800
Referee: Adnan Anjum
Ashraf Sugar Mills0–0Falcon
Report
All Brother's Football Ground, Karachi
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Adnan Anjum

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Pakistan Navy 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4 6 Advance to Knockout round
2 Pakistan Airlines 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3
3 Hazara Coal 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0
Updated to match(es) played on 21 April 2018. Source: FPDC
Pakistan Airlines1–2Pakistan Navy
Tariq Solangi   20' Report Hafiz Hassan   2'
M. Ameen   53'
All Brothers Football Ground, Karachi
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Muhammad Ahmad Rauf
Pakistan Airlines3–0Hazara Coal
Lashari   8'
Nasrullah   63'
Report
All Brothers Football Ground, Karachi
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Adnan Anjum
Pakistan Navy3–0Hazara Coal
M. Yousaf   50'
Hafiz Hassan   85'
Sajjad Ahmed   89'
Report
All Brother's Football Ground, Karachi
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Adnan Anjum

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Pakistan Airforce 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 4 Advance to Knockout round
2 State Life 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1 3
3 Pakistan Police 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1 1
Updated to match(es) played on 21 April 2018. Source: FPDC
Pakistan Airforce2–2Pakistan Police
Ali Raza   23'
Mansoor   27'
Report Amir Shah   74'
Sher Hassan   77'
All Brothers Football Ground, Karachi
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Adnan Anjum
Pakistan Police1–2State Life
Yousaf Ali   12' Report Imtiaz   25'
M. Zakir   71'
All Brothers Football Ground, Karachi
Attendance: 500
Referee: Jahangir Khan
Pakistan Airforce2–0State Life
Samad Khan   54'
Salman Khan   90+3'
Report
All Brother's Football Ground, Karachi
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Muhammad Ahmad Rauf

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Civil Aviation Authority 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 6 Advance to Knockout round
2 Khan Research Laboratories 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2 3
3 Sindh Government Press 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0
Updated to match(es) played on 21 April 2018. Source: FPDC
Khan Research Laboratories3–0Sindh Government Press
Umair Ali   13'
Izharullah   43'
Zeeshan Siddiqui   45+1'
Report
All Brothers Football Ground, Karachi
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Jahangir Khan
Sindh Government Press1–2Civil Aviation Authority
M. Jahanzaib   17' Report Dawood Javed   25'
Saeed A. Aziz   60'
M. Naeem   86'
All Brothers Football Ground, Karachi
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Touqeer Aslam
Khan Research Laboratories0–1Civil Aviation Authority
Report Zaid Umar   86'
All Brother's Football Ground, Karachi
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Muhammad Ahmad Rauf

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Pakistan Petroleum 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 6 Advance to Knockout round
2 Karachi Port Trust 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 3
3 Pakistan Public Works Department 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0
Updated to match(es) played on 21 April 2018. Source: FPDC
Karachi Port Trust4–1Pakistan Public Works Department
Fareed   11'
Muhammad   31', 85'
Zahid Ahmed   80'
Report Zubair   43'
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Adnan Anjum
Pakistan Public Works Department0–2Pakistan Petroleum
Report Mehrullah   50', 62'
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Mohammad Ahmad Rauf
Karachi Port Trust0–1Pakistan Petroleum
Report Nazir Ahmed   12'
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Muhammad Ahmad Rauf

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 WAPDA 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 6 Advance to Knockout round
2 Sui Southern Gas 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
3 Karachi United 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0
Updated to match(es) played on 21 April 2018. Source: FPDC
WAPDA1–0Sui Southern Gas
M. Ali   56' Report
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Jahangir Khan
Sui Southern Gas2–1Karachi United
Bilawal-ur-Rehman   24'
A. Naeem   72'
Report Fazal Muhammad   39'
Attendance: 800
Referee: Mohammad Ahmad Rauf
WAPDA3–0Karachi United
Naeem Ullah   49'
Saadat Hussain   52'
Ali Uzair   56'
Report
Attendance: 800
Referee: Jahangir Khan

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Pakistan Army 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 6 Advance to Knockout round
2 Gwadar Port Authority 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 3
3 Pakistan Ordnance Factories 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0
Updated to match(es) played on 21 April 2018. Source: FPDC
Pakistan Army1–0Gwadar Port Authority
Nisar Ahmed   84' (pen.) Report
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Muhammad Ahmad Rauf
Gwadar Port Authority4–1Pakistan Ordnance Factories
Pervez   6', 54'
A. Wajid   48'
Shoaib   69'
Report Touseef Ahmad   88'
Attendance: 800
Referee: Mohammad Ahmad Rauf
Pakistan Army1–0Pakistan Ordnance Factories
Umar Waqar   9' Report
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Jahangir Khan

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Asia Ghee Mills 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4 Advance to Knockout round
2 Sui Northern Gas 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3
3 K-Electric 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 1
Updated to match(es) played on 21 April 2018. Source: FPDC
K-Electric0–1Sui Northern Gas
Report Umer Javed   60'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Touqeer Aslam
K-Electric0–0Asia Ghee Mills
Report
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Adnan Anjum
Sui Northern Gas0–1Asia Ghee Mills
Report Mubashir Hussian   43'
Attendance: 500
Referee: Adnan Anjum

Knockout roundEdit

Quarter-finalsEdit

Ashraf Sugar Mills0–3Pakistan Petroleum
Report Abdullah   4', 70'
Nazir Ahmed   11'
Attendance: 800
Referee: Adnan Anjum
WAPDA2–0 (a.e.t.)Pakistan Navy
M. Ahmed   98', 118' Report
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Jahangir Khan
Pakistan Army0–0 (a.e.t.)Pakistan Airforce
Report
Penalties
2–4
  •   Mansoor
  •   M. Sohail
  •   Samad Khan
  •   Ghazanfer
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Mohammad Ahmad Rauf
Civil Aviation Authority2–1Asia Ghee Mills
Zaid Umar   13'
Nouman   66'
Report Sajid Ali   15'
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Adnan Anjum

Semi-finalsEdit

WAPDA2–0Pakistan Petroleum
Ahmed   14'
Usman   29'
Report
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Adnan Anjum
Pakistan Airforce1–1 (a.e.t.)Civil Aviation Authority
Sohail Khan   59' Report Saeed A. Aziz   25'
Penalties
  • Mansoor  
  • M. Sohail  
  • Samad Khan  
  • Ghazanfer  
  • A. Rehman  
  • Salman  
4–3
  •   Nouman
  •   Zaid Umar
  •   Zain-ul-Abdeen
  •   Ubaidullah
  •   Dawood Javed
  •   Saeed Babar
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Jahangir Khan

Third positionEdit

Pakistan Petroleum5–1Civil Aviation Authority
Abdullah   21'
Mehrullah   26'
Nazir Ahmed   67', 79', 85'
Report Zain   57'
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Adnan Anjum

FinalsEdit

WAPDA1–2Pakistan Airforce
Ahmed   11' Report M. Mujahid   32'
Samad Khan   66'
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Mohammad Ahmad Rauf

BracketEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
3 May – 4:00 PM
 
 
Ashraf Sugar Mills0
 
7 May – 4:00 PM
 
Pakistan Petroleum3
 
Pakistan Petroleum0
 
4 May – 4:00 PM
 
WAPDA2
 
Pakistan Navy0
 
10 May – 4:00 PM
 
WAPDA (AET)2
 
WAPDA1
 
5 May – 4:00 PM
 
Pakistan Airforce2
 
Pakistan Airforce (P)0 (4)
 
8 May – 4:00 PM
 
Pakistan Army0 (2)
 
Pakistan Airforce (P)1 (4)
 
6 May – 4:00 PM
 
Civil Aviation Authority1 (3) Third place
 
Civil Aviation Authority2
 
9 May – 4:00 PM
 
Asia Ghee Mills1
 
Pakistan Petroleum5
 
 
Civil Aviation Authority1
 

Top scorersEdit

As of 10 May 2018[2]
Position Player Club Goals
1 Nazir Ahmed Pakistan Petroleum 5
2 Abdullah Pakistan Petroleum 3
Mehrullah Pakistan Petroleum
4 Samad Khan Pakistan Airforce 2
Muhammad Ahmed WAPDA
Pervez Kouda Gwadar Port Authority
Hafiz Hassan Faiz Pakistan Navy
Muhammad Karachi Port Trust
Zaid Umar Civil Aviation Authority
Saeed Abdul Aziz Civil Aviation Authority

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Reporter, The Newspaper's Sports (2018-04-19). "National Challenge Cup from Saturday". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  2. ^ a b "National Challenge Cup". globalsportsarchive.com. Global Sports Archive. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "PFF announces National Football Cup 2018 after FIFA lifts ban". Arab News. 2018-03-31. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  4. ^ Editorial Staff (2018-04-19). "National Challenge Cup from Saturday [Dawn]". FootballPakistan.com (FPDC). Retrieved 2022-01-06.
  5. ^ "Brazilian coach to train Pakistan football team: PFF President". The Nation. 2018-04-16. Retrieved 2022-01-06.
  6. ^ Editorial Staff (2018-04-26). "Nogueira arrives, sees National Challenge Cup match [The News]". FootballPakistan.com (FPDC). Retrieved 2022-01-06.

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