Quetta clinches PPL Balochistan Football Cup 2016

Quetta, August 12, 2016: The final of PPL Balochistan Football Cup 2016 sponsored by Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) was played between Quetta and Qilla Abdullah (Chaman) on August 12 at Ayub Football Stadium, Quetta. Team Quetta emerged as the winner of the tournament.

Earlier, Qilla Abdullah (Chaman) faced Loralai and Turbat clashed with Quetta in the semi-finals on August 11. Chief Guest, Minister for Sports, Government of Balochistan Mir Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Muhammad Hasani along with other officials and area notables and media personnel were present on the occasion.

“The government is focused on ensuring peace and socio-economic uplift for our community and the future generation, said Hasani while appreciating PPL as sponsor of the tournament.

Speaking on the occasion, PPL's Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Syed Wamiq Bokhari thanked the local community for their participation, despite the recent tragic event in Quetta, adding that “we plan to make PPL Balochistan Football Cup an annual event which aims to promote peace and prosperity in the province. He acknowledged districts and provincial government of Balochistan, Southern Command and Headquarters 33 Division and the Pakistan Football Association for assistance and effective management of the tournament.

The mega event that commenced on July 26 saw 26 qualifying round matches played between 32 teams of six provincial divisions Quetta, Kalat, Makran, Sibi, Zhob and Naseerabad. The quarter finals were played between the teams of Qilla Abdullah (Chaman), Harnai, Loralai, Khuzdar, Turbat, Kharan, Quetta and Jaffarabad.

Later, Bokhari and the Sports Minister along with other dignitaries presented trophies and awards to the winner and runner-up as well as outstanding players. PPL and Balochistan have a long association built over more than 60 years with the discovery of Sui Gas Field in 1952. The company has undertaken notable Corporate Social Responsibility endeavours in the province, which has benefitted the local community as well as the province at large.