LAHORE The Pakistan Football Federation has appointed former national men team coach Tariq Lutfi (PIA) as coach of the national women team which is to appear in the inaugural SAFF Women Championship. The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) will organise the women football event from December 3 to 13. Tariq, first-ever FIFA Coaching Instructor from South Asia, is currently manager of PIA football team that is third in Pakistan Premier Football League, behind WAPDA (44 pts) and Army (36) with 29 points and a game in hand. Having coaching Qualification through Bisham Abbey, Zbigiew Szumuski, Tomi Salave Ivic, B.Trautman, Holger Osiek, Burkhard Ziese, Terry Cassie Dittmer Cramer, Lutfi attended several FIFA and Olympic Courses. He represented Top Division Team PIA from 1976-1985, which is a record nine time national champion team. Lutfi was also coach when in 2006 Jordan Football Association (JFA) hosted third Amman international Women Futsal Championship at Jordanian capital of Amman. Lutfi also attended FIFA Womens football instructor seminar (March 1-2, 2007) when a total of 19 instructors (15 women, 4 men) gathered for the first seminar in Zurich specifically dedicated to training coaches and instructors in womens football. The two main topics were: defining the requirements of member associations, and coaching programmes to be developed by FIFA accordingly. It was suggested the programme be established at three performance levels: grass roots and school football, club football and international football (i.e. national coaching staff etc). Earlier in 2006, he was Course Coordinator for FIFA Women Coaching Seminar in Jordan, with Vera Pauw FIFA Instructor and National Women Coach of Netherland. Lutfi took over charge of National Men team for the first time in 1985 when AH Shahzad-led team toured Dhaka for second SAF Games Dhaka. His other noticeable coaching assignments were 4th Quaid-i-Azam event, 10th Asian Games at Seoul 1986, 15th World Cup QR, Ist SAFF Championship 1993, 13th Asian Cup, 18th World Cup QR 2003 and Islamic Games, Indo-Pak Series 2005. He was also coach of Pakistan in 26th Asian YU19 Championship 1988 at Bahrain.