LAHORE - Serbia defeated Yemen to clinch football title on the concluding day of the Punjab International Sports Festival here on Thursday at the Punjab Stadium.

The international activity that started on November 7 with an opening ceremony at the National Hockey Stadium saw around 26 international teams participating in eight events. On the final day, the first ever European football team to Pakistan, Serbia took over Yemen and in the end, Serbia returned triumphant with a brilliant victory of 3-2.

Serbia took lead in the second minute of the match through Pejic Milos but that lead short-lived when Yemen’s Redhwan Abdul Jabbar hit the cage for an equalizer in the 28th minute. Director General Sports and Youth Affairs Punjab Usman Anwar was the chief guest and gave away the medals to the winners and the other participants.

In all, 1381 players from different countries took part in the international festival and Pakistan was the leader of the festival with 12 gold medals. Having won gold medals in touchball (male and female), fistball, baseball and eight in ju-jitsu, one silver medal each in rugby and kabaddi, Pakistan has somehow returned to the international forum with positive vibes.

The Sports Board Punjab (SBP), in collaboration with the Punjab government and the able supervision of chairman organising committee Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan and Usman Anwar, held the international event in a successful way and brought good name to the country around the globe.

Rana Mashood, under the direct supervision of SBP chairman Mian Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, implemented the vision of Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif.

Apart from the international activity, the last 10 days also saw the athletes of Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtun Khawa, Islamabad, AJK and Fata participated in the Inter-provincial National Games.