Wahdat Eleven Wins Hunza Premier League 2016

Hunza Premier League - HPL 2016

Wahadat Eleven from Gilgit has emerged as the winner of Hunza Premier League (HPL), 2016. In the final match played between New Karimabad and Wahdat Eleven at Baltit Polo Ground, Karimabad, Wahdat Eleven managed to win the title.

Despite speculations that this year there won’t be any HPL matches, Japan Chowk Football Association came up with quick a schedule and started the league with over 50 teams from entire Gilgit-Baltistan participating in the mega event.

Wahdat Eleven Gilgit - Hunza Premier League - HPL 2016
Wahdat Elven Gilgit lifting Hunza Premier League – HPL 2016 Trophy

It must be noted that Hunza Premier League is currently most attended league in Gilgit-Baltistan, both in terms of teams and audience.

The premier league is organized every year in Karimabad at Baltit Old Polo Ground in the central Hunza district. After popularity of the event, similar leagues have been started at town level in places Gulmit and Oshikhandaas.

Hunza Premier League - HPL 2016
A league match of Hunza Premier League – HPL 2016 is underway at Baltit Polo Ground in Karimabad.

Manager of Hunza Serena Inn Mr. Asghar Khan gave away the trophy to the winning team and distributed medals among the players of both winning and runner-up teams.

The Hunza Premier League trophy is very unique in its design. It is completely carved out of wood by the famous woodcarving expert at Hunzo-e-Hayyan.

Hunza Premier League - HPL 2016
A banner dedicated to martyrs is displayed at entrance of Baltit Polo Ground, which is the home of HPL.

This year’s event was dedicated to the martyrs from Hunza in armed forces.

Hunza Premier League 2016 Gallery

Imran Hunzai
Imran Hunzai is a Digital Media Consultant and activist based in Islamabad, Pakistan. When free, he likes to travel, do photography and play Rabab. He also runs a HONY inspired blog called Humans of Hunza. Follow him of Twitter @ihunzai.

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