LAHORE,Oct 6 (APP)- President,Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Faisal Saleh Hayat has thanked FIFA President Sepp Blater and AFC President Mohamed bin Hammam and FIFA Vice President Dr. Chung Moon-Joon (South Korea) for their all out support to Pakistani people by allocating six Goal Projects.
He was speaking at the a dinner reception which he hosted in the honour of FIFA Development Officer Vernon Manilal Fernando, FIFA Development Manager Asia David Borja here on Tuesday night at football house.He added that PFF has already three Goal Projects one at Lahore Project and Peshawar Project is on the brink of inauguration while work on the eagerly-awaited Karachi Project will start next month.“ We are also looking for construction of Goal Projects at Quetta, Sukkur, Mir Pur Khas, Nowshera, Abbottabad, Faisalabad, Multan and Bahawalpur. Six of them will be filled by three Goal projects and one from Asian Football Confederation, FIFA Vice President Dr. Chung Moon-Joon (South Korea) and Football Federation Australia Limited’s President Frank Lowy. We hope to fill other three cities with three more such projects as several FIFA-affiliated nations assured us all out support. If plans go accordingly, we will have 12 Goal Projects by the late 2013 compared to other 207 FIFA members as all of them have only two Goal Projects” said Faisal.
Speaking on the occasion Manilal said that FIFA inspection team is in Lahore to visit the devastated region of flood-struck Pakistan in a bid to use football to bring hope and happiness back to the local people, especially traumatized youngsters.
“ We will do all in our power to assist the PFF, people of Pakistan and football families in eight provinces/regions of sports-loving nation in overcoming the challenges which they face at this time. The task is a daunting one and the challenges are many, but these are not insurmountable”, added Manilal.
He said Pak football team has improved a lot in recent years and if similar efforts are continued with untiring zeal Pakistan will get good ranking in Asia in years to come.
Manilal and Borja believe that Pakistan are making a great leap forward in football, and confident that Present set up fo PFF led by Faisal will push Pakistani soccer to it’s rightful place and under his leadership Pakistan will provide hard moments to Asian Powerhouses in future. The standard of football in the country is enhancing day by day Pakistan have got the large pool of footballers and the number is growing with each passing day – App