LAHORE The Dasarath Rangsala Stadium in Nepal witnessed a historic moment for Pakistani football as the young green guns battled hard to beat India 2-1 in the final of first ever SAFF Under-16 Football Championship on Wednesday. Goals from midfielder M Zeeshan and star striker Mansoor Khan proved too much for India as they went down once again in the tournament to a determined and resolute Pakistan Under-16 side. According to the press release issued here by the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF), this win marks the first time in five years that Pakistan has won a football event at any age level, since the 2006 South Asian Games football gold for Pakistan U-23 team under the Bahraini coach Salman Ahmed Sharida. Pakistan U-16 team coaching staff, Coach Sajjad Mehmood and Hassan Baloch deserved full credit for the win as they defied all odds and hampered preparations before the tournament to guide the green guns to a historic win. Many congratulations to the Pakistan team players, fans and officials of the PFF. Earlier in the day, hosts Nepal left it late to beat Bangladesh 2-1 to finish the third in the tournament. A large Nepali crowd was in full voice and cheering on Pakistan from the first whistle as the Indo-Pak rivals began another round against each other in football. Both sides looked determined and focused for the win, but it was Pakistan who drew first blood in the 23rd minute as M Zeeshan's speculative shot completely fooled India goalie Supritam and found the back of the net to put initial tournament favourites India behind once again. India went in hard again and managed to score just before half time through the impressive Daniel Lalhlimpua to equalise. But five minutes into the second half, a goalmouth scramble in India's box from a Pakistani corner saw Pakistan star striker Mansoor Khan sneaking in a goal and shocked India once again. The 2-1 Pakistan lead forced India to go aggressive on Pakistan's defence and came close a few times. But Pakistani defence led by captain Muneer and goalkeeper Usman Khan held firm as they ran the clock down. India's desperate attempts proved futile as after nervy final minutes, Pakistan were crowned South Asian Under-16 football champions and going undefeated and only conceding one goal the entire tournament. Mansoor Khan's performance in this tournament has earned him player of the tournament. Pakistan U-16 team will now return to Karachi today (Thursday) at 7:20 pm at Karachi airport. May this team win more glory and keep our flag flying.