In the final match of Downtown Shahr-e-Khaas Football tournament held at the Eidgah ground in Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), Saffalo FC beat JKB Football Academy to lift the trophy.
The evenly contested match ended with a goalless draw and to determine the winner of the tournament and a tie-breaker was applied. It was Saffalo FC who kept their nerve and won the final match by a scoring a margin of 5-4 in a penalty shootout.
Riyaz Ahmed, goalkeeper of Saffalo was declared as the man of the match. He was also adjudged as the Best goalkeeper of the tournament. Adnan of JKB Academy was awarded as the best player of the tournament.
Most energetic player award was given to Faisal Thakur, which was sponsored by Valley Sports.
Mohammad Yousuf Dar, a former international football player was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Mehrajudin Wadoo, Gh Mohd Bhat, Gh Ahmed Kumar, Zahoor Ah Mir, Ab Hameed were also present on the occasion.
While delivering the speech at the concluding ceremony, Advisor NIFF Ab Hameed Banday and Chairman WC NIFF Bashir A Malik shared their thoughts and aim behind organizing the tournament. “The idea is to bring back the glory of the sport to downtown and its adjacent areas.”
Abdul Rashed Wawa a well-known footballer and promoter of the game was also honored for his outstanding contribution in developing the game.
Around 32 teams across the valley participated in the tournament which was organized by Downtown Football Fraternity in collaboration with National and International Footballers Forum NIFF (J&K).