Players during trial for selection of under-16 and senior teams in Buner--Photo by Imran Bunery.

PESHAWAR, 25 July: Pak Army has announced holding week-long sports festival—All-Malakand Sports Gala—in Malakand Division from August 1.

All the seven districts of Malakand Division—Swat, Buner, Shangla, Malakand, Lower Dir, Upper Dir and Chitral—would take part in the mega sports event. Football, wheel-chair race and tug-of-war events would be held in Buner while cricket, marathon race and other competitions would be organised in Swat.

Trials for selection of Buner’s under-16 and senior football players to take part in the gala were held at Swari college ground yesterday. The selection committee named 22 each for under-16 and senior teams.

Talking to TNN, the selected players said: “Best players have been selected for our team and we’ll try our level best to win the trophy. It would be a great honour for us to win trophy for our district.”

Another player said: “We’re thankful to Pak Army for selecting Buner district for football tournament. I am so happy for my selection as forward.”

“I’ve been selected for under-16 football team. I want to become a good player. I want to play for my country,” a player selected for under-16 football team said.

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