The semi-final games of ZONG United Kickoff Football Tournament 2012 are all set to be played on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Punjab Football Stadium Lahore. The first semi-final match will be played between Charlton United Karachi Vs Carrick United Karachi and the second semi-final will be played between Rooney United Faisalabad Vs Vidic United.
The thrilling two months long and one of its kind football tourney is now getting into the final stages after witnessing keen competition amongst the teams of enthusiastic young footballers of Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi / Islamabad, Multan and Faisalabad. The knock-out matches including quarter-finals were played in the major cities of Pakistan earlier. Now the four teams which topped in their groups and beat their opponents in the quarter-finals will compete vigorously in the semis.
After the final will have been played, the winning team of the tournament comprising 16 players, accompanied by 16 other outstanding players during the overall matches, will fly off to Abu Dhabi, courtesy of ZONG for a one week professional training camp at the Manchester United Soccer School in Abu Dhabi.
“The tournament has been a very exciting time for everyone involved in it, from the players and their families, to all of us in ZONG and to the thousands of fans across Pakistan who have witnessed the matches so far,” said Usman Ishaq, Executive Director Commercial, ZONG, and added: “Just like ZONG is the fastest growing network in the country, football is the fastest growing game in popularity in the country and our coming together is very natural.”
The venue for the semi-finals will be done up to provide a variety of attractions for the large number of football enthusiasts expected, including food stalls, Dragon Dance, Marching Band and a Light Show. It will also have face-painting and hair-cuts for children in Wayne Rooney hairstyle, to add to the fun and excitement of the occasion.