Bannu upset Peshawar to clinch the trophy of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inter-Region Men Volleyball Championship played here at PSB Coaching Center on Friday.Secretary Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs FATA Syed Zahir Ul Islam was the chief guest on this occasion and before the start of the final match the players of both the final teams Bannu and Peshawar were introduced to him.
Director Sports PSB Coaching Center and former World No. 2 Mohib Ullah Khan, Director Training and Games Tariq Mehmood, Organizing Secretary Syed Saqlain Shah, Jamshed Baloch, Secretary Pakistan Volleyball Federation Shahid Kamal, officials, players and large number of spectators were also present and witnessed the final.
Peshawar team comprising Sadam, Naeem, Yasir, Waqar, Sher Azam, Jawad, Wahid and Khalid played attacking game and won the first set by 25-27 before the two teams were tied at 6-6, 9-9, 13-13, 15-15, 19-19, 20-20, 21-21, 22-22, 23-23, 24-24, 25-25.
Peshawar after taking the first set failed to click in front of the Bannu team including smasher Nasir Asif, setter Uzair and blockers Inam Ullah, Asmat, and Irfan Ullah. Bannu two promising smasher Nasir Ali, who also played for Pakistan, showered some perfect spiking with Asif Khan also played outstanding game.
The Bannu blockers Inam Ullah, Asmat, Irfan Ullah and Naeem also played like a rock, putting Peshawar smashers Sadam, Yasir and Waqar at pay all the time.
Bannu after conceding a set, came back strongly and won three consecutive sets by 25-23, 25-21 and 27-25. Thus Bannu won the final. Bannu faced tough resistance at the hands of Peshawar players but won the second set by 25-23 and did the same in the third set with 25-21 score.
It was the fourth and decisive set in which both Bannu and Peshawar gave each other strong resistance which clearly evident from the score. Both Bannu and Peshawar have great struggle for a single point as a result the set was locked at 5-5, 7-7, 9-9, 10-10, 14-14, 16-16, 18-18, 19-19, 20-20, 21-21, 22-22, 23-23, 24-24, 25-25. Thus Bannu took the set by 27-25 and marched into victory.
At the end, the chief guest gave away trophies, medals and certificates to the position holders.