LAHORE - The leading goal scorers of both the teams struck a goal each as Afghan FC overwhelmed PIA 2-1 at Govt High School, Chaman in the 174th match of Pakistan Premier Soccer League. Earlier, the first leg at Karachi saw Afghans registering one of the most memorable wins in their history with identical scoreline last October at Sharafi Goth. Afghans, who were in relegation zone alongwith Steel and PEL to join relegated PTV before the match, finally avoided the agony and make sure A-Division Football in 2009. The first 16 minutes of the match proved to be sensational as all the three goals went into the book. Striker Hayat Ullah, hero in first leg with brace of goals, once again mesmerized the airliners with goal in the 105th seconds. He leapt high above every body to surge Afghans with sweetly-timed header after winger Mehmood Khan swept the ball across the area. The large audience appreciated the lovely play of Mehmood on right gallery who was declared MVP in 19th National U18 Championship last year at Model Town Academy Ground, Lahore. It was Hayat Ullah's eighth goal of the event, best hitman for Afghans in the League. PIA's leading scorer Shakir Lashari steered his 16th goal when he sent scorching 40-metre drive in the 14th minute to make it 1-1 leaving keeper Jahangir Khan bemused below the bar. It turned out to be PIA's 38th and last goal of the ongoing event. But hardly, two minutes had elapsed midfielder Amin Ullah drove the match-winner off spearhead Jadeed Khan's through pass. Currently seventh in the table, Nasr Ullah Khan-led PIA became the third team to complete their 26 matches, securing 32 points with eight wins, eight drawn games and goal counts of 38-30. PIA failed to win National Championship since 1997 at Faisalabad. Their previous eight titles occurred at Multan 1971, 1975, Peshawar 1972, Sukkur 1976, Rawalpindi 1978, Peshawar 1981, Quetta 1989 and Lahore 1992. Never-won-title Afghans, will play HBL in their final encounter on 4 December, collected 30 points from 25 matches. Tuesday (2 December) Fixture : KESC v Pak Steel (Peoples Stadium, Karachi : 3 PM). Former skippers felicitate PFF chief on Vision Asia Former National skippers and FIFA Referees have hailed Pakistan Football Federation (PFF)'s President Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat for taking tangible steps in boosting football among Pakistani men and women that resulted in PFF getting effective future assignments from Asian Football Confederation (AFC) despite being an emerging nation in Asia. "The way AFC President Mohamed bin Hammam awarded the Vision Asia to PFF next year clearly stated that AFC recognized the fine work since 2003 under dynamic leadership of Faisal Saleh Hayat who is well and truly on the way to improve soccer in Pakistan. The Vision Asia Project will change the fortune of Pakistan football, " said Ghulam Rabbani, captain of Pakistan team which played against Burma (now known as Myanmar) in 1961. Zafar Iqbal, skipper in SAFF Championship 1993, said that Faisal Saleh Hayat who was also instrumental in bringing AFC AID-27 Program three years ago with emphasis on Grass Root and Youth Development Level soccer, and the announcement of Hammam to double the amount of the Scheme during recently-concluded AFC Annual Awards Ceremony would enable PFF to hire more and more coaches for digging out talent from every nook of the country. "In addition, PFF chief doing fine job for Pakistani footballers, administrator, and referees. His decisions will put Pakistan to it's deserving spot in future, " said Zafar who is also one of the 27 coaches in (AFC) AID-27 Financial Assistance Scheme Mukhtar Ali (PIA), captain of Pakistan in 1987 and 1988, said : " PFF won the appreciation with brilliant hosting of SAF Games soccer, SAFF Championship, AFC U14 Festival of Football, third AFC President's Cup during last three years. AFC Chief praised the organizational and technical qualities of PFF and had decided to sign another international event for PFF in 2009." "It is worth mentioning that PFF organized nine international events in 56 years from 1947 to 2003, percentage of only 18% as compared to 67% of Faisal Saleh Hayat-led PFF from 2003-2008 that already hosted four events, " added by Peshawar-based former captain Shaukat Mufti, captain of Pakistan in 1986 Iran's Ten-Day Tournament. "It is remarkable that PFF is the only body affiliated with 46-member AFC to get four Goal Projects. Faisal-led PFF have achieved a lot in the last five years and enhancement of Pakistan soccer exposure to a big percentage showed that the national soccer body is serious, committed about uplift and welfare of this game in this part of the world, " said FIFA Referees Jahangir Khan, Asif bin Younus, Shafaat Habib, Imtiaz Ali Shah, Ijaz Hussain.