LAHORE - The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) congress and executive committee meeting approved performance-based incentives for its players.
PFF secretary Col (retd) Ahmad Yar Khan Lodhi told this scribe that during the meeting, held under the chairmanship of PFF chief Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat at the PFF secretariat on Saturday, the congress gave approval of performance-based criteria according to which top PPL teams would be eligible for elevation to the PFF congress, thereby encouraging competitiveness at the highest levels of football in Pakistan.
“The PFF congress approved this historic amendment unanimously through which due recognition will be awarded to those teams performing to their optimum level in the prestigious Premier League. The congress, while endorsing this, felt confident that this vital incentive will propel football to new heights of technical development,” he added. He said that the congress also approved amendments in the PFF constitution in line with FIFA amendments which were approved during the recently held 63rd FIFA Congress at Mauritius. “It also gave approval of audited accounts of year 2012, financial statements and annual calendar of activities 2014.”
He said the house approved a resolution thanking AFC President Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa for providing services of Bahrain’s national football team head coach Shamlan as head coach of Pakistan national football team for two years on complementary bases.
“The congress also passed a resolution to thank AFC for awarding AFC U-16 Qualifier competitions to Pakistan at a time when no country is willing to send its team here,” he asserted. The house also thanked Punjab Chief Minister and government of Punjab, for extending their support to the PFF for making this competition a success. “The successful organisation of this international event, where Iran, UAE, Sri Lanka and Pakistan U-16 football teams will be contesting, will help in portraying the soft image of Pakistan to the world and it will also help in further developing youth soccer in this part of the region,” he added.
The congress also expressed its gratitude to SAFF for awarding the prestigious SAFF Women Cup to Pakistan next year 2014. “This event will further increase the development of women football in Pakistan and add to popularity of this game in the region,” he said.
“The congress was also informed that SAFF has also awarded the SAFF Men’s Championship 2017 to Pakistan. The congress took note of the ever increasing activities of the national and youth teams and expressed its satisfaction at the ongoing events, however, several recommendations were approved to further develop the local talent and professionalism in all spheres of National football with special emphasis on the youth development, the future of Pakistan soccer,” he stated.
“It is hoped that the arrival of the new head coach will herald Pakistan to new levels of professional expertise and success,” he concluded.