Football may lose out spot in Pakistan's National Games

Sport is at standstill in country due to infighting, politics between two federations


Sports Desk June 19, 2019
PHOTO COURTESY: PFF MEDIA

It may be the world's biggest sport, but football in Pakistan is suffering due to the infighting and politics which has nearly killed any chances of a bright future for the sport in the country.

Recently, the Pakistan football team lost their 2022 World Cup pre-qualifier against Cambodia, which shows how much work still needs to be done.

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Meanwhile, the two federations, one under Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat which is recognised by Fifa and Asian Football Confederation, and the second which was constituted after Supreme Court ordered elections and runs under Syed Ashfaq Hussain have been doing near to nothing to make things better.

The plight of the game in the country can now be seen in the fact that the annual National Games in Pakistan are considering snubbing the sport.

One reason is that the National Games only involve sports which are being run by federations recognised by international federations.

The Pakistan Olympic Association's June 15 session saw all the representatives of the federations present, but football wasn't even mentioned during the meeting.

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Football, right now, is at a standstill with the combined Fifa and AFC commission due to report on the matter in at least a month's time and maybe more.

Until then, Pakistan will stay at the 205th spot in the world and maybe drop a few spots, with no one there to bat an eye on the crisis at hand.

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