By Atiya Riffat
Pakistan have qualified for the final of the Street Child World Cup 2018 in Russia, making history as they beat Indonesia in a nail-biting semi-final on Monday.
The boys in green outclassed Indonesia 5-4 on penalties to secure their place in the final, where they will face Uzbekistan for the trophy.
Team Pakistan, since the start of the semi-final, and didn’t let their Indonesian counterparts score.
The match remained a goal-less draw when the final whistle blew. In penalty shoot-outs, both the teams managed to score four goals each. But in additional penalties, Indonesia missed the target after conceding a goal to Pakistan.
Captain Mohammad Abdullah is confident his players would put up a good show in the final as well. “We are happy that we have qualified for the final. Insha’Allah we will keep Pakistan’s flag high in the final as well,”
Earlier in the tournament, Pakistan played a goal-less equaliser against Uzbekistan in the first match, then defeated Russia 3-1 and Tajikistan 2-0 on way to the semi-final.The final will be held on May 16.
More than 200 street-connected children from across the world have come together in Russia for their own boys and girls international football tournaments — comprising 12 teams in boys and girls category.
The Street Child World Cup uses the power of football to raise awareness and tackle the widespread stigma faced by street-connected children, inspiring countries, governments and communities to better protect, respect and support street-connected children worldwide.
The Street Child World Cup is held in the host country of FIFA World Cup a month before the main event to highlight the global social issue of childhood vagrancy.