2020 has been a year filled with doom, gloom and has brought us all a lot of angst. Good news has been less but if you are mildly interested in sports, this news will surely lift your spirits up. Pakistan had its first ever ‘Mountain Girls Premiere league’ and it couldn’t have gone any better.
The league was held in the northern side of Pakistan (hence the name), at Hunza, where 10 teams competed in a bracket elimination style of tournament, where every team showed stiff competition and the event was booming with passion. The tournament came down to two teams in the end where Gulmit Young Stars faced off against Shah Talib FC and took the win 2-0 in quite a show of skill.
Not only winning the finals, Gulmit Young Stars’ players showed a lot of promise as they took most of the trophies with ‘Players of the Series’ going to Ruqaya Farheen, ‘Best Goalkeeper’ going to Bibi Asdaf who only conceded one goal, and ‘Player of the Match’ going to Marvi Baig who scored one goal in the final and five goals in total throughout the tournament.
The event started making rounds on Social Media when a travel blogger, Pir Faraz Ali decided to share the story of the tournament on his Instagram and Twitter accounts in hopes that more people will give women’s football, and especially Mountain Girls league attention that he thought it so deserved. Well it’s safe to say that Pir Faraz Ali got what he was looking for after FIFA Women’s World Cup decided to share the highlights of the tournament on their official twitter. The story got so much recognition that even the co-owner of the PSL team Multan Sultans, Ali Khan Tareen, son of Jahangir Tareen took notice and re-tweeted the highlights.
This might prove to be the initiative that Pakistan’s Women’s Football needs in order to solidify itself as a staple sport, and many anticipate what exciting storylines are yet to come from the Mountain Girls League.
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