LAHORE - Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) president Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat awarded Rs one million to the Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) team for their memorable performance by standing as runners-up in the AFC President Cup 2013, Malaysia here in a ceremony held here at the FIFA Football House on Friday.
The PFF chief also handed over AFC bonus money of US$25,000 to Director General KRL. The ceremony was graced by the players and officials of KRL football team accompanied by KRL DG Sami Ullah Khan. Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) president Lt Gen (r) Arif Hasan, managers, coaches and captains of all PPL participating teams were also present on the occasion to appreciate the KRL team’s performance.
Sharing his experience of AFC President Cup 2013, KRL head coach Tariq Lutfi said that the competitor clubs were the champion clubs of their countries who had much higher FIFA ranking as compared to Pakistan but KRL team played well and outclassed many of them. He dedicated this victory to the PFF and Pakistani nation.
DG KRL thanked the PFF for this huge encouragement and proclaimed this historic victory due to collective team efforts. He said that the players were their heroes and they had made KRL to feel proud of their victory. He also praised the KRL team manager Ayaz Butt and assistant coach Sajjad Mehmood.
Gen Arif highly appreciated the performance of KRL football team and expected more successes from them. He especially pointed out the fruitful efforts of the PFF chief for the promotion of football in Pakistan at all the levels.
The ceremony ended with the note from the PFF chief Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat who extensively praised the excellent performance of KRL team and said that their victory had also helped the PFF achieve yet another honour by receiving AFC ‘Aspiring’ MA Award of the Year 2013 despite of numerous financial constraints comparing with its competitors.
Faisal also mentioned the wins recently held by the Pakistan junior football teams against high-ranked teams of the region. He valued the performance of KRL captain Samar Ishaq, key players of KRL Kaleemullah and all the team members who brought them to this stage where they earned glory for their team and country.
He also mentioned that mainly due to the better performance of the PFF, Pakistan was hosting SAFF Women Championship in 2014. He also urged government and private sector to come forward and extend their financial support to the world largest playing game so that Pakistan might also excel in this game and the players might earn laurels for the country.