The youthful Customs side gave the defending champions PIA a real scare before
going down 3-4 in an exciting encounter at the 64th National Hockey Championships in Sukkur.
PIA: Ehasanullah 2, Mudassar Abbas & Usman Ghani
Customs: Salman Hussain, Shahbaz & Farhan
Another exciting match was witnessed between ZTBL nad Railways.
The newly raised ZTBL, who are making their debut at the nationals, also went past the rail-men by a
scoreline of 4-3
ZTBL: Shazaib Khan 2, Hammad Anjum 2
Railways: Mohsin Javed, Zaheer Hussain & M.Sheheryar
Unlike PIA, last year’s runners up National Bank had a big win against Port Qasim Authority.
The bankers defeated the hapless PQA 9-0
Dilber, M.Attique and Arslan Qadir had a brace each while Hafiz, Abubakar & Attique Arshad shared the other goals
WAPDA, another contender for the title, also had an easy sailing against Higher Education Commission, winning by eight goals to nil
M.Imran 2, Tasawwar Abbas, Ajaz Ahmed, Asad Bashir, Irfan, Ghazanfar, Rana Umair
Punjab, a strong provincial outfit, riding on a hat trick by Ahmad Farhan and a brace by Ahmer Ali, defeated Gilgit-Baltistan 7-0. Muzammil Hussan and Jahangir Ali scored a goal each.