|MUHAMMAD ASIF: from Faisalabad|
ROAD TO FINALThe tournament started in Sofia, Bulgaria and it was a good start for Muhammad Asif. He was quite dominant from the start and won all his matches comfortably. He was playing his natural game and won his matches against all good players. He defeated Mer Alkojah of Syria 6-2 in the quarter-finals with the frame scores of 55-53, 50-63, 41-72, 78-50, 73-36, 99-26, 64-54, 82-40. He advanced to the quarter finals by defeating Wael Talaat of Egypt 5-2 in the pre-quarters. He continued his sublime performance and defeated lex Borg of Malta by 7-1 to reach the final to become the first Pakistani player to play the world cup final since 2003. He won the final, which was a nail baiting match and both the players were up for the occasion, but Asif played incredibly and won the snooker final. It is a huge win not only for Muhammad Asif, but for his country as well, where snooker is not that popular, and this win will definitely attract people to play and promote the sport.
I congratulate Muhammad Asif for making our country proud. The government should look toward all the sports equally and should make snooker training clubs, where qualified coaches can polish raw talent, and Pakistan can win many such championships. We should encourage all the people who are participating in various sports all around the globe, as our encouragement can make them perform better. Muhammad Asif has achieved a big feat and many players will continue doing that if our government will sponsor them, encourage them by all means and if we support them wholeheartedly.