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Pakistan’s team won silver in Asian Men’s Netball Championship

KUALA LUMPUR (Monitoring Desk): Pakistan’s team won silver at the Second Asian Men’s Netball Championship on Sunday.

Pakistan secured the second position after a nail-biting competition with India. Pakistan scored 50 points while India claimed the title with 51 points.

Pakistan qualified for the final after defeating Singapore 75-63 during the semi-final on Saturday. On the other hand, India qualified after defeating host team Malaysia 47-44.

Interestingly, Pakistan defeated traditional rivals India 70-41 in the Round-Robin Matches of the tournament, which kicked off on Wednesday.

The netball squad of Pakistan comprises Mohammad Akhtar (captain), Samad Masood (vice-captain), Mehboob Shah, Ali Raza Fareed, Muhammad Khursheed, Abid Ali Ansari, Haris Kamal, Masoon Abbasa, Yawar Khan, Zahid Iqbal, Muhammad Rizwan and Naseeb Raza.

Mudassar Razak is the team’s manager with Anwar Ahmed Ansari as the coach. Muhammad Riaz is assistant manager and Yassir assistant coach.

Pakistan had won silver in the First Asian Men’s Netball Championship 2016.

The host team Malaysia defeated Pakistan 35-34 in a close competition, which was held at Dewan Serbaguna Complex Quarters, Kuala Lumpur, last year.

Brazilian midfielder Kaka announced retirement from football

Monitoring Desk: Former AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder Kaka announced on Sunday that he is retiring from football.

The devout 35-year old Brazilian wrote on Twitter: “It was much more than I could ever imagined. Thank you! I’m now ready for the next journey. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Kaka announced this year he would not extend his contract with Orlando City but he opened the door to a possible return to Milan, the club where he made his name.

“I would like to participate in the club in another way, as a manager, a sporting director, as someone who is between the pitch and the club,” he said in a farewell interview.

“I prepared very hard to be a professional footballer and I want to prepare for this new role.”

He said Milan, with whom he won the Champions League in 2007, had offered him a role but did not specify the exact nature of the job or say if he would accept it.

Milan and his first team Sao Paulo both offered him a playing contract to extend his career, but Kaka, who was in Brazil’s World Cup-winning squad in 2002 and was the last Brazilian to be voted world player of the year in 2007, said the time was right to call it a day.