Oct 152018
PFF coaching course begins

LAHORE: PFF ‘D’ certificate coaching course 2018 (1st batch) began here at the Model Town Football Academy (MTFA) with 27 young and aspiring coaches from all over Pakistan taking part in the 5- day long course. This is the first course held since the suspension on PFF was lifted by FIFA recently. This is the 2nd time that MTFA has the honor of organising the course. The course instructor is Sh Siddique (AFC instructor) who is being assisted by Khalid Khan (AFC ‘B’ license).Participants include Khawar Abbas Ch, M Tariq, Hafiz M Amir, M Imran, Mirza Ali Reza Baig, M Ajmal Khan, Saber Ali, Shahmeer, Shahbaz Ali, Adnan Haider, Syed Ghazi, M Yasin Babar, Saeed Khan, Sajid Rafique, Muddassir Shahzad, Saeed Ahmed, Noor Nabi Shah, Aamir Sohail, Salman Rana, M Tahir, Nawab Laraib Wajhi-ul-Hasssan, Abdul Wadood, Faisal Shahzad, Mirza Tanveer Sarwar, M Wasim, Ahmed, M Nadeem.

Oct 112018
Faisal vows to make PFF statues in accordance with FIFA

LAHORE: Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) President Faisal Saleh Hayat has expressed his gratitude to FIFA and AFC for extending their mandate and vows to make it accordance with FIFA statues till 2020.In an interview with The News Faisal termed FIFA MA Committee decision ‘a right step in the right direction’ which will help promote and flourish football in Pakistan. “Pakistan football has suffered immensely due to third party interference over past three years causing massive damage. We are now in the process of rehabilitating those damages and need active and full support of FIFA and AFC. The youth of Pakistan is passionate about football and plans are already afoot to bring those motivated youth in the framework of our activities.”The PFF chief said that the infrastructure – they had started to build in the form of ‘Goal Projects’ – has suffered huge blows due to the previous government-backed occupiers over last three years. “FIFA and AFC cooperation with the PFF is vital for the growth of the game in Pakistan, when the government support is lacking and resources are scarce.”He said that PFF is embarking upon a phased ambitious plan involving clubs at all levels to enhance the technical and qualitative skills of players, coaches, referees, technicians and related officials.“We have planned a comprehensive system for international competitive matches for our national teams both senior and youth including women and the main aim is to promote the skill development at every level.”Recently, the FIFA MA Committee has extended the PFF [Read More…]

Oct 082018
FIFA extends PFF?s mandate till 2020

LAHORE: FIFA, world football’s ruling body, has extended the mandate of Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) till March 2020.The FIFA Committee, at its meeting, after taking into account all relevant factors took this decision the other day. The PFF has been informed through a letter written by the FIFA Secretary General. The elections of PFF will be held after meeting certain requirements.“The committee has also deliberated on the situation of Pakistan while giving due importance to the recent past happenings in the honourable courts of Pakistan. The committee took note of the two decisions issued by the Supreme Court of Pakistan on the situation of the PFF,” the letter said“The committee was also informed about the visit of the PFF President Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, to the Home of FIFA in Zurich. In this regard, it was briefed in detail on the contents of your earlier letter. especially with regard to the PFF’s request on the extension of the tenure of the PFF executive committee and the proposed roadmap,” FIFA Letter added.In particular, the committee noted that the PFF Statutes need to be aligned with the requirements of FIFA and the FIFA statutes as well as that the clubs eligible to participate in the electoral process have to be scrutinised. Based on the aforementioned, the committee decided that the PFF needs to revise its statutes in order to align them with the requirements of FIFA and the FIFA statutes and in parallel, carry out the scrutiny of the clubs.“Once these [Read More…]

Oct 112017

KARACHI: Pakistan midfielder Saddam Hussain doesn’t think that FIFA’s suspension of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) would have any impact on the stalled state of the country’s football or force the bickering factions of the federation to resolve their differences. Football’s world governing body moved to suspend the PFF on Wednesday citing third party involvement in the PFF’s affairs, following a takeover of the federation’s offices by a Lahore High Court-appointed administrator. Some might have thought the decision would finally knock some sense into the two factions, one of which is led by four-time PFF President Faisal Saleh Hayat. But Hussain, a midfielder for the national team, is not holding his breath for that to happen as he points out that all footballing activity has already been suspended in Pakistan for more than two years. “FIFA’s decision looks more like an attempt to pander to the egos of PFF officials,” Saddam told The Express Tribune. “We haven’t been playing football for the last two years anyway, and even when we were, the domestic game was already in shambles. With no Pakistan Premier Football League or even a Division B league, the departmental teams are shutting down.” Pakistani football a dirty Game of Thrones Saddam was hoping for a more hands-on approach by the world governing body. “I was hoping for FIFA to forget PFF officials, send their people here, observe the situation and make efforts perhaps to start football again,” he said. “But this is just another long, dark night for [Read More…]

Oct 102017
FIFA Suspends Pakistan Football Federation

FIFA says Pakistan’s Football Federation (PFF) has been suspended for “third-party interference.” Zurich-based FIFA said on October 11 that the PFF offices and its accounts remained in control of a court-appointed administrator, violating the global soccer governing body’s rules on independence. Following FIFA’s decision, Pakistan’s national and club teams are banned from international competition with immediate effect. The suspension will be lifted once the PFF resumes control of its offices and accounts. Pakistan’s national team is scheduled to play in the South Asian Football Federation Cup, hosted by Bangladesh, in September 2018. Copyright (c) 2015. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036.

Jun 142017
Football comes to Pakistan

The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) is organising one of the largest football leagues in Pakistan. The young Pakistani players can learn a lot while playing alongside world-class players. Many well-known football personalities – such as former England goalkeeper David James and defender John Terry, former Dutch player George Boateng, former France-based player Nicolas Anelka and former Brazilian legends Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos – are coming to Pakistan. According to the PFF, around four million people in Pakistan play football. For now, the league will be played in the following three cities: Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore. Football players in Pakistan need a platform to showcase their talent. The country has so many great players who unfortunately cannot make it to the national team. The PFF should conduct more such tournaments to discover more players. We hope that the PFF’s efforts will help players learn a lot. It is also the responsibility of the federal government to promote football in the country. Syed Haider Ali Kazmi Karachi

Mar 172017
Pakistan misses another football event due to rifts in PFF

KARACHI: The on-going tussle between two fractions of Pakistan Football Federation has forced Pakistan to miss one more international football event, this time the AFC U23 Championship qualifiers. The draw for the AFC U23 championship qualifiers were held in Kuala Lumpur on Friday to decide the roadmap for the 40 contenders for the main event, which will be held in China next year. Moments before the draw, Pakistan’s name was withdrawn from the pot-list as the national federation at home was busy in fights to control the helm of affairs at the power corridors of football house. This is not the first event the team has missed due to the controversy at PFF. Pakistani footballers have not been able to participate in any event since May 2015. Football activities at home are also at a halt. The tussle between two fractions of PFF has so far forced Pakistan to miss AFC U16 Championship, AFC U19 Championship, SAFF Cup 2015, AFC Solidarity Cup 2016, SAFF Women Championship, South Asian Games, Women Asian Cup qualifiers and now the AFC U23 Championship qualifiers.

Oct 202016
Pakistan slips to worst ever 197th in FIFA rankings

KARACHI: The tug-of-war between two factions of Pakistan Football Federation has pushed country’s Football to another rock-bottom with Pakistan slipping down to worst ever 197th position. The fresh football rankings, issued by FIFA on Thursday, showed Pakistan slipping down three positions from previous worst 194th, to the worst ever 197th position. Pakistan is mow the second worst side in Asia, only better than Mangolia, placed at 202. The national Football team of Pakistan hasn’t played any international game since March last year, while PFF remains in turmoil since the controversial elections held in June last year, resulting the decline in Pakistan’s FIFA ranking from 180th last year to 197th this year. Although, FIFA has accepted the faction led by Faisal Saleh Hayat as elected body to represent Pakistan at FIFA, the offices and accounts of PFF are controlled by the administrator appointed on court’s order.  FIFA rankings  

Feb 262016

FIFA presidential favourite Sheikh Salman of Bahrain arranged to gift Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) a national coach in March 2013, according to Sportsmail. According to the British newspaper, the arrangement of the gift came ahead of a crucial election and led to PFF voting in 2013 in favour of Sheikh Salman becoming the president of the Asian confederation (the AFC). However, Sheikh Salman’s representatives categorically denied that the coach was provided to secure support for his campaign. Asian football chief poised for FIFA presidency bid Subsequently, a man from Bahrain, Mohammed al Shamlan took over as Pakistan’s international football manager in the summer of 2013. Dismissing any suggestion that the appointment was untoward, sources close to Sheikh Salman said, “One football federation helping another is not prohibited.” The PFF reportedly approached the Bahrain Football Federation for assistance after the previous coach was dismissed for poor performances. “The spirit of co-operation and friendship between the two football governing bodies has lasted for many years, and will continue for many more,” Sheikh Salman’s spokesperson said. However, FIFA’s code of ethics differs from Sheikh Salman’s stance. According to Article 20, any gifts that may create conflict of interests are prohibited. FIFA authorities declined to comment on the matter. It was publicly acknowledged when Al Shamlan started work in August 2013 that Sheikh Salman had personally helped the PFF because of his friendship with PFF president Faisal Saleh Hayat. But, a joint investigation by Sportsmail and a local newspaper in Pakistan claimed otherwise. According [Read More…]

Feb 222016

KARACHI: KRL midfielder Mohammad Adil believes it is time for his side to reclaim their status as the best team in Pakistan as they prepare to face NBP in the final of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Cup at the Punjab Stadium in Lahore on Monday. “Now is the time to reclaim our status as the best team in Pakistan,” Adil told The Express Tribune. “A win in the final would also boost the confidence of the younger players as well and help us rebuild the image that we want to project.” Adil also revealed that KRL, four-time Pakistan Premier Football League champions including three consecutive titles from 2011-2014, had to undergo massive rebuilding after key players such as Kaleemullah, Ehsanullah, Mehmood Khan, Saddam Hussain and Adil himself all leaving the club for greener pastures abroad. Adil has, however, returned from his stint at FC Dordoi and believes his experience can help KRL lift the PFF Cup title. “The club had to start from scratch in rebuilding the team after most of us left. But I’m back and I feel we can reclaim our position as the best club in the country,” he added. “NBP are a great side but we feel we have what it takes to win.” Meanwhile in the third-place match, PAF defeated Army 2-0 finish third on Sunday. Irfan Ali scored the opening goal of the match in the 42nd minute and then added another in the 66th minute to seal the win and guarantee PAF a [Read More…]