CHITRAL: In the first development of its type, a football match was held under floodlights between the Imran Khan Foundation School and Centennial Model High School at the Chitral Football Stadium in the mountainous city.
This occasion marked the first time when a match played in the city under floodlights, as no other football pitches in the region ever had such facilities.
The game – which was organised by Sehat as part of their #SehatCares CSR initiative and attended by over 500 sports enthusiasts – was won by Centennial School 2-0. Sehat officials distributed prizes and trophies to the winning team and runners-up.
Notable figures were present at the football match, including DFA Chitral President Zafar Ali Shah, DFA Chitral Patron-in-Chief Hussain Ahmed, and Centennial Model High School principal, who was the chief guest on the occasion.
The event marked yet another milestone DFA Chitral, who had already sent a team in Spain through the Atletico Madrid Academy in Pakistan, in addition to providing a multitude of talent for selection in the national football team.
Following the event, Hussain Ahmed said: “Chitral is a region whose football talent is definitely recognized but sadly neglected by the higher football authorities in the country. They haven’t sent scouts nor have held official camps or trials in the region but have done so in other regions.”
He hoped that this facility that has been created can spearhead football in the mountainous region and invite teams from other parts of the country to compete against our local footballing talent”.
Director marketing at Sehat, Bilal Mumtaz, who also spoke on the occasion, said: “I have been coming to Chitral for the past few years to hold camps through personal efforts, as I see immense footballing talent in the region and want to do my part enrich the lives of the youth in this area.”
He also hoped to see more facilities being developed for the development of football in Chitral, and expressed happiness that “there is finally an international standard football ground for holding matches of a competitive nature”.