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SCWC Heroes Return Home to a Rousing Reception

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The players of Pakistan’s Street Child Football team have flown back into Karachi to a rousing reception at the airport early Tuesday morning, after sealing third position in the tournament held in Brazil.

Pakistan Street Child Football Team

Pakistan Street Child Football Team

A lot of supporters of the young footballers arrived at the airport to receive the heroes who traveled all the way from backstreet urchins to the pride of nation. The fully charged and overly enthused fans danced to the beat of drum an hour before the sunrise. They had reached at the airport much before the plane carrying blossoming champions landed in the metropolis.

Besides the family members of the young heroes from the slums of the metropolis Lyari, Ibrahim Hyderi, Mauripur and Manghopir, those who reached the airport to receive the minor greats, include Sharmila Farooqui, Rubina Qaimkhani and MPA Sania Naz.

Also, Secretary Sports Sindh Laeeq Ahmed and Director Sports Abdus Salam were present at the airport. The representatives of Sindh Football Association also made to the airport to honor the young boys. Some leaders of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) drove to the airport to receive the football prodigies.

Flags of various political parties were seen being waved by a large crowd who wanted to have a glimpse of the minor players with huge talent, who were not allowed to step outside airport premises owing to the immense rush of soccer aficionados.

The rising football sensations of Pakistan earned accolades from the fans around the globe with their consistently unmatched performances during Street Child Football World Cup that took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  for ten days from March 27.

Razzaq Khan, Ahmed Sameer and Aurangzeb are the most outstanding players of the tournament.

The players were escorted to their houses by people excited and intoxicated by the consecutive wins the children earned for their country. The sports buffs kept on dancing to the tune of their songs and raising slogans until the children reached their houses.

It should be mentioned here that the government of Sindh congratulated the young team of street children over their impeccable performance.  Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also invited the youngsters to meet him. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Governor Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan also extended felicitations to the minor team over their seamless victories through the tournament—a harbinger of FIFA World Cup.

It should be noted here that the team advanced unexcelled in the tournament; but, Burundi that lost the final to Tanzania 3-1, stumped them by elbowing their way past Pakistan 4-3 in the semi-final.

An important point to remember here is that Azad Foundation, British Council and UNICEF joined hands in tracking down, training and transporting these underprivileged backstreet children to Brazil for SCWC. The event envisioned by the Amos Trust, a British non-profit organization, brought together the likes of children—both boys and girls, from 19 countries for ten days to an altogether new world of football, art, sightseeing and workshops.

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