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Major Shabbir Sharif 9ers gain full points against Rashid Minhas 9ers in opening match of Nishan-i -Haider Hockey
Nishan-i-Haider 9-A Side Hockey tournament started on Wednesday night at the Abdul Sattar Edhi  Hockey Stadium in Karachi.
In the opening match, Major Shabbir Sharif 9ers defeated Rashid Minhas 9ers in the penalty shoot out (4-2) as well as the regular match (3-2) in floodlights thus garnering full four points.
As per the tournament’s format, one point is to be awarded to the side winning the shootout, three points to the winners of the regular match and one point to each side for a draw in the regular match.
In the regular match, Rana Sohail had a brace for the Major Shabbir Sharif 9ers while Nokhaiz Malik scored the third goal. For Rashid Minhas 9ers, the two goals were shared by Dilber and Kashif Javaid.
Earlier, the tournament was formally inaugurated by Major General Mohammad Saeed, director general Sindh Rangers.
The 11 competing sides, with the 11 foreign goal keepers in front of each team,, marched past in front of the chief guest who was accompanied by the Sindh sports minister, Sardar Mohammad Bux Khan Meher and president PHF, Brig (R) Khalid Khokhar.
Also present were a number of Pakistan hockey’s former stalwarts including PHF secretary Shahbaz Ahmed as well as Karachi Hockey Association’s president Dr Junaid Ali Shah and  secretary Haider Hussain.