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- Sunday, December 09, 2012 - From Print Edition


KARACHI: Pakistan kabaddi team qualified for the semi-finals of the 3rd World Cup after crushing Italy 66-20 in their last Group C game at the Chohla Sahib Village in Tarn Taran (India) on Saturday.


Pakistan, who had defeated Sierra Leone 55-12 in Hoshiarpur on December 3 and outgunned Scotland 61-21 in Amritsar on December 4, displayed fine skills to topple Italy who had played really good in the last World Cup.


“I think it was a fine victory for us as the players played with great control,” Pakistan coach Tahir Waheed told ‘The News’ from Chohla Sahib, a town near Tarn Taran after the match.


“All the boys, including Shafiq Butt, Waqas, Sajjad Gujar and skipper Musharraf Javed, extended top performance,” said Tahir, who recently guided Pakistan to a splendid title triumph as coach in the 2nd Asian Kabaddi Cup hosted by Pakistan in Lahore.


Pakistan will now face Canada on December 12 in the semi-finals.


Tahir said that their pre-final against Canada was likely to be tough. “I think it would be a tough game as Canada have most of the players of Indian origin. But if we are treated fairly I hope we will be able to qualify for the final,” said Tahir.


Pakistan Kabaddi Federation (PKF) secretary Mohamamd Sarwar also said if Pakistan were given fair treatment they could beat Canada in the semi-final. “You know, Canada have most of the players of Indian origin. They have been inserted although they are not Canada’s nationals. India are playing with their own referees and Pakistan always face problems while playing in India,” said Sarwar.


“They are taking revenge from us but let’s see what happens,” said Sarwar, who was denied India visa for the second time in two years.


Pakistan lost to India in the final of the first World Cup in 2010 and ended with a bronze medal in the second edition last year. In the other semi-final, holders India will face Iran.