Pakistan smashes the four-time world champs South Korea
Pakistan wins in the second and last game in the quarter-finals stage of the 21st Asian Men’s Senior Volleyball Championship. At the Chiba Port Arena in Japan on Friday Pakistan defeated previous four-time champions South Korea in straight sets.
The Greens-shirts, who were unable to advance to the semi-finals, captured the hearts of the spectators with a stunning victory over a powerful Asian team. Pakistan won the sets with scores of 25-23, 25-22, and 25-14.
Pakistan captain Aimal Khan from Chiba shares, “It was a wonderful triumph today.”
“I’m disappointed that we didn’t make it to the semi-finals. In our previous game against Chinese Taipei, we should have won,” he added.
The chairman of the Pakistan Volleyball Federation (PVF), Chaudhry Yaqoob, was pleased with Pakistan’s dominant victory against South Korea.
“It was a great day for Pakistan.” He also added, “Pakistan fielded junior boys with the average age of 21 and half years with one boy Musawar below 17.
The victorious win for Pakistan Volleyball team against South Korea
“The boys literally demolished former Asian Champions South Korea. Pakistan showed the game to near perfection today in all departments. Murad Khan and Musawer’s combined block put Korea in real trouble,” Yaqoob said. “And both of them made powerful attacks, particularly Murad khan was outstanding with power spiking from the front line as well as from behind the attacking line,” he said. “Zaheer also gave an account of himself with an effective blocking middle position attack. Usman Faryad Shani, Afaq, and Libero Maaz did nearly perfect reception. Hamid was good at the setting zone,” he added.
“The high-class game that Murad Khan has demonstrated has attracted Serbia, a high-ranked country in volleyball, to offer him a contract for playing league there. It will open the door for him to play in Italy and other great volleyball powers in Europe,” he said. “Had Pakistan won their Thursday’s match against Chinese Taipei which just slipped off Pakistan’s hands the team with today’s win would have qualified for the semi-finals,” Yaqoob said.
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