Pakistan to play match for Malala Fund

Updated 29 April 2013
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Pakistan to play match for Malala Fund

KARACHI: Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates are to play a charity football match to raise money for the girls’ education fund set up by teenage campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taleban.
The 15-year-old, from Pakistan’s northwestern Swat Valley, came to international attention in October last year after she was shot by a gunman for campaigning for the right of girls to go to school.
Malala, who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace prize, set up a fund in her own name to help educate girls and earlier this month announced a grant to send 40 girls to school in Swat, backed by US actress Angelina Jolie.
Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) marketing consultant Sardar Naveed Haider said the teams were proud to support the fund.
“The Pakistan national team will play UAE on the UN’s world peace day on September 21 this year with the proceeds going to the Malala Foundation and we feel honored to be part of this noble cause,” Haider said.
The decision was announced at the 2013 Peace and Sport Dubai Forum last week, with a video message from Malala.
“Thank you so much, for support of education and equality for girls, through the power of sport, on such a significant day,” Malala said in the message.
“I look forward to visiting you in Dubai in the very near future and hope to attend the festivities with my family.” Malala first rose to prominence aged 11 with a blog for the BBC’s Urdu service charting her life under Taleban rule in Swat and her attempted murder sparked worldwide condemnation.
She had surgery in February to repair the hole in her skull left by the gunman’s bullet, and returned to school last month in Birmingham, the city in central England where she was treated.


Sublime Mohamed Salah leads Liverpool to stunning 5-2 win over Roma

Updated 25 April 2018
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Sublime Mohamed Salah leads Liverpool to stunning 5-2 win over Roma

  • Liverpool move onto 38 goals for this season’s competition — 11 more than any other team
  • Salah is now on 43 goals for the season in all competitions

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah put his former side Roma to the sword on Tuesday night with a scintillating performance as the Reds ran riot at Anfield, taking a commading 5-2 lead into next week’s second leg in Rome.
The Italian side had no answer to the Egyptian superstar’s sublime skill as he scored two world-class goals and set up another two for Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Firmino added the fifth as the Merseyside club romped into a 5-0 lead to put the English side within touching distance of the Champions League final.
Salah’s display was as exquisite as Roma’s defending was naive, with Liverpool scoring all of their goals in a breathtaking 33-minute spell either side of halftime amid a cauldron of noise at Anfield.
But two consolation goals in the final nine minutes from Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti has given Roma hope of recreating their heroics from the previous leg against Barcelona.
In the latest virtuoso performance of his stunning first season at Liverpool, Salah curled a shot into the top corner in the 36th minute and doubled the lead in the 45th with a dinked finish that is fast becoming his trademark. He is now on 43 goals for the season in all competitions with potentially five games left.
The Egypt forward was not finished there, taking advantage of Roma’s high defensive line to provide crosses for Mane and Firmino to score almost identical goals in the 56th and 61st minutes, respectively.
Firmino glanced home a header from James Millner’s corner in the 69th to leave Roma’s players on the floor — literally in the case of their distressed goalkeeper, Alisson.
Liverpool moved onto 38 goals for this season’s competition — 11 more than any other team — but cannot begin preparing for the final in Kiev on May 26 quite yet.
Dzeko chested down a long pass to make it 5-1 in the 81st and when Milner handled a shot from Radja Nainggolan, Perotti converted the penalty in the 89th.
Bayern Munich play Real Madrid in the other semifinal, with the first leg in Germany on Wednesday.
Roma knows all about Salah, who scored 15 goals and set up 11 more in the second of his two seasons at the Italian club before joining Liverpool for 42 million euros (then $47 million) in June.
He’s obliterating those figures at Anfield this season. His double saw him surge past Cristiano Ronaldo’s 42 goals for Manchester United in the 2007-08 season, for example.
Salah won English soccer’s Player of the Year award on Sunday. At this rate, the Ballon D’Or could be his next year.