Football game raises funds for Pakistan kids

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Kashif Siddiqi on hand as £1500 raised for underprivileged kids in Pakistan

BUDDING footballers took part in a charity tournament to help raise vital funds for underprivileged children in Pakistan.

The CARE Pakistan Football Tournament took place at the Lucozade Powerleague Stadium in Barnet, raising an extraordinary £1,500 in the process.

Six teams battled it out in a series of friendly 5-a-side games with the trophy being handed out by Northampton Club’s football star, Kashif Siddiqi.

The winning team, Liverpindi secured a place in the final after an intense penalty shootout and went on to beat runners up, Lahore Madrid 8-3 in the final. Bayern Bru won 4-2 against Sons of Pitches to win the Wooden Spoon Final. PSG were the winners of the Plate Final after beating Pakman 5-2.

The teams took part in Strike for Education by raising money to participate and further donations were received through CARE’s My Donate page.

The tournament was supported by the Kashif Siddiqi Foundation (KSF), founded by Pakistani international Kashif Siddiqi, which works to highlight the benefits of sport for individuals and communities.

Speaking about the tournament he said: “It’s great to be part of such

a powerful and good cause, both I and the KSF Foundation are proud to be working alongside CARE Pakistan and look forward to future initiatives like today. It was a brilliant day for everyone involved.”

CARE provides free education to over 160,000 children in 225 schools across

Pakistan and has been able to make this leap with overwhelming support of the community, private individuals, corporations and government organisations striving to eliminate illiteracy and poverty in Pakistan. CARE will use all donations from the tournament towards the adoption of more failing government schools, taking over operational control, while investing in infrastructure improvements.

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