KARACHI  - Chairman of Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) and Vice President of International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) Asghar Valika Monday described M Asif's triumph as another golden moment in the history of Pakistan sports.

"Asif's triumph will again boost and revive the sport in the country. I am absolutely delighted with his victory," said Asghar Valika, under whose patronage M Yousuf won the title in Johannesburg in 1994.

"It's great news for Asian snooker fraternity as this is the second time that a world title came to this continent after Iran's Hossein Vafaei Ayouri won the crown in three years",

beaming Valika, a former President of Asian Billiards and Snooker Federation, said.

He said Asif's victory was of great significance because he achieved this without any technical support and presence of a coach.

"The way Asif played in Dubai, I had the feeling that he was capable of doing well and he lived up to the expectations to grab this grand title," he commented.

He said the way Asif performed, Pakistan players deserved more support and assistance from Pakistan Sports Board.

Asghar Valika said this is great achievement by jobless Muhammad Asif, who overcame all odds to win the world title for Pakistan. He expressed the hope that the government will fully honour M Asif in cash and kind for bringing honour and glory to the country.

He lauded Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for announcing rupees one million for Asif. Advisor to Sindh CM Dr M Ali Shah and  President of Sindh Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) Jamil Sakrani each announced Rs.100,000 for Asif. When M Yousuf won the crown in 1994 he was allotted a plot in Islamabad besides cash of over rupees two million.