While International cricket glory returned to Pakistan after 8 years, a much-needed area of interest has been lying dormant – Football. Thanks to Leisure Leagues, Pakistan will once again make its mark on international Football after almost 2 decades.
Leisure Leagues, a global company under the World Group owned by the Trunkwala family, is dedicated towards the promotion of football in Pakistan. This is the team that brought Ronaldinho and friends to Pakistan last year, creating a spark that has rekindled football passion nationwide.
The awe-inspiring Leisure Leagues tournament that kicked off last year ended on 30th June 2018 at the national finals (KHI). A seven-a-side football tournament, featuring 8 diverse finalists out of 1000+ participant teams, the tournament is nothing short of an achievement in itself.
The finalists included Sharof Football Club from Quetta, FC Thunderbolt from Hyderabad, Shaheed Football Club, ICAW-FC from Lahore, Shinwari FC from Peshawar, Shaikhi Seven FC from Mardan, Red Devils from Islamabad & Khyber Muslim.
After exhibiting extraordinary talent and hosting a series of fury filled & aggressive football action on the ground, ICAW-FC (LHR) appeared victorious, earning the prestigious title of LEISURE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS.
Now all set to represent Pakistan in a 32 team world cup in Lisbon, ICAW FC is now charged with the mammoth task of redefining Pakistan’s image as a force in football. Claiming a spectacular win on penalties against Peshawar’s Shinwari at Baloch Mujahid Stadium, Karachi, ICAW FC is taking expectations to a new height.
The real challenge begins now, with a much greater and significant responsibility for ICAW-FC (LHR) that is gearing up for being Pakistan’s face in a six-a-side- upcoming world cup.
Leisure Leagues has been an amazing platform for Pakistan’s football talent, and a great source of exposure for all the team’s players including the proficient Aamir Iqbal Gondal (player of the tournament), Abdul Hanan Javed, Afaq Ahmed (Captain), Haider Ali, Muhammad Waleed, Saad Ali Khan, Umer Javed, Zabiullah Warriach (Keeper) & Zaid Mehmood, who all delivered a dazzling performance. Adding fuel to furor, PTV sports also aired the entire finals live on national television.
“Our victory is the result of the thousands praying for us at home. Many of the teams in the competition had better talent than us, and we believe that ALL football talent in Pakistan deserves international exposure. We look forward to representing Pakistan, not only abroad, but we also look forward to seeing international teams come and play us on our beloved home soil.” – Captain Afaq Ahmed, ICAW-FC.
Other than being an astounding game on the field, it is a moment of great honor for the entire Pakistani nation, that thanks to Leisure Leagues we will soon be seen cheering for Pakistan with an unmatched and majestic enthusiasm in For ISF world Cup (Portugal) in September!