FIFA approves Karachi Goal project


Express April 16, 2010

LAHORE: The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has approved the Karachi Goal project and handed over $0.4 million in financial aid for the construction of the football complex.

“This was a long awaited project because Karachi loves football,” said Pakistan Foorball Federation (PFF) President Faisal Saleh Hayat. “This project was initially sanctioned for Karachi but it was brought to Lahore because the Sindh Government did not provide the land.

The PFF has now been able to get the land.” The Asian Football Confederation Vice-President and FIFA Development Officer for South and Central Asia Manilal Fernando revealed that Karachi was shortlisted from three other regions.

He also added that the PFF president has also requested for additional funding. “A goal project gets $0.4 million from FIFA but the president made a special request for additional funds ,” said Fernando. “I will recommend that so we have all the cost covered.”

It will take 10 months for completion from the moment builders get the green light on the project.

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S. M. Iqbal | 10 years ago | Reply This is the great news for the youth of Pakistan, specially those who like to play football. I request to media to play their positive roll for our footbal player and give attention to our football clubs running in our country as in this modern age media has the power and can turn the approach, view, opinion and interest of the people. If they do so Pakistan image in the world also improve. I think football is the game of healthy nations, people like to watch this game in the world. If our football team play the game on international grounds the all best wishes of the nation should be with them to bring the crown for Pakistan. I also request our sports official to promote this game in our country and make our youth/nation healthy. My special congratulation to the President of Pakistan Football Federation; Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat and General Secretary: Lt. Col. (Retd) Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi (TI)M on this special occasion. I also request them to include the football freestyle as alternative sports of Pakistan, extend their hands to our First hero Mr. Areeb Iqbal to obliged his efforts and arrange some intensive for continue his efforts for freestyle football. As he made the nation proud by taking the Pakistani flag in World competition held in South Africa Cape Town on Apr. 2010 first time, Best of luck for all Pakistani football players. S. M. Iqbal
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