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Panjab's CONIFA World Cup run is ended by Northern Italian team Padania

Former Windsor midfielder Aaron Minhas, and his brother Nathan – who plays for Maidenhead United – helped Panjab FA to the quarter-finals of the CONIFA World Cup this week.

Panjab FA, who represent Panjab of India and Pakistan and the Panjabi community across the world, made it through to the quarter finals before losing 2-0 to northern Italian side Pandania at Bracknell Town’s Larges Lane ground on Tuesday.

Giacomo Innocenti, from the penalty spot, and Nicolo Pavan scored the goals that ended Panjab’s run in the main competition.

The Minhas brothers both started the game.

They now go into the placement matches and were set to take on Barawa at Sutton United’s Gander Green Lane yesterday afternoon (Thursday).

The Panjab squad is largely made up of players local to the Slough area and also featured Burnham’s Umar Riaz, who has also played for Windsor FC.

They played all of their group matches at Slough Town’s Arbour Park.

They came through what their coach Reuben Hazell described as a ‘group of death’ thanks to a big win, an ugly loss and a tense draw. They thrashed Kabylia 8-0 in their opening game on Thursday, but lost 1-0 to Western Armenia in a bad tempered affair on Saturday. Riaz played in that match but lost his starting position for the final group game, a nervy 1-1 draw against the United Koreans of Japan.

The competition is for states and regions not affiliated to FIFA.

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