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Street Child World Cup in association with Save the Children is a global movement for street children to receive the protection, rehabilitation and opportunities that all children are entitled to.
In April 2014 over 230 street kids from 19 different nations joined in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for a football tournament for 10 days Football. Pakistan was also one of the teams from the 19 countries.
Pakistan was included in Group Three with Mauritius, Kenya, US and India. Pakistan defeated India by 13 goals to Nil . Star of the show was 15-year-old Raziq Mushtaq, who scored eight goals to leave the Indian defence in tatters.
“I am very happy to score eight goals. I have always dreamed of being a footballer, But I never dreamed of playing an event in Brazil, the land of football” said Raziq.
Pakistan team fought very hard and made their way till the semifinals but lost it to Burundi. The team still had the chance to play for the third position. which they successfully claimed after beating United States. Pakistan won the game by 3-2 score. They defeated the United States of America on penalty kicks in a tough time. And secured Third position in the Street world cup 2014.
“This bronze medal is also an achievement. God must have a better plan for us; it’s alright if we didn’t play in the final. This is also a victory for us” said the Azad Foundation official Itfan Maqbool.
The Pakistan team didnot just secured the Third position but also Won the Hearts of many Pakistani’s and build a great image amongst the other nations. And now this team is being trained for the next Street World Cup to Perform better to Win the World Cup.