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Tariq Lutfi speaks to FPDC in Exclusive Interview!

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FPDC Chief Editor Ali Ahsan and editor Gauhar Mahmood Azeem caught up with newly appointed Pakistan national team coach Mr Umer Farooq Tariq Lutfi (PIA) at PFF Football House in Lahore on 16th January 2011.

In a very candid discussion with the FPDC team, Tariq Lutfi expressed immense gratitude towards PFF in being called-up once again to lead the Pakistan team as head coach after resigning from his post back in late 2005. The 59 year old legendary PIA player, coach, and manager has been involved in the coaching structure of the national team for well over 3 decades, and is also the only Pakistani to be a FIFA-qualified coaching instructor.

Tariq Lutfi is often considered the ‘Father figure of Pakistani football’ given his seniority, experience, history, and dedication to the game in Pakistan for last many generations. Tariq Lutfi’s sides won two South Asian Games gold medals when he was coach/manager as well as the Pak-India Friendly Series in 2005. He was also part of the dominant PIA football side who won a record total of 9 national championships from 1970s till 1990s.

Tariq Lutfi will take charge of national team camp for all 2011 assignments, including the up-coming Olympic qualifiers against Malaysia (23rd Feb and 9th March) as well as the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers in late March 2011.

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Tariq Lutfi was also head coach of the women’s team in the recently concluded inaugural SAFF Women Championship that defied all odds to reach the semi-finals of the competition held at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

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Ali Ahsan adds that Tariq Lutfi’s return to the national team coaching spot has brought in unprecedented praise and appreciation from many football people across Pakistan.

Veteran football journalist Riaz Ahmed from Karachi expressed great delight in Tariq Lutfi’s return to the national side and appreciated his acceptance of the offer to coach Pakistan once again by PFF President Faisal Saleh Hayat.

Former PFF Director Competitions, ex-Wohaib FC player, and AFC C-License coach Faisal Amir Khan also expressed joy and happiness on Tariq Lutfi’s return to the Pakistan team coaching set up.

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  • faisal amir

    congtars and yes mr. lutfi has picked three best coaches of the top five in the country as his assistants.
    i am pretty sure nasir ismail will not get carried away.
    mr. lutfi was coach of nasir in 1990s so nasir is under the only man who can control him.
    gauhar is more tactical then sheikh siddique and akhtar sb combined and will be of immense help to mr. lutfi.
    i will certainly evaluate , observe the whole team for the next three months and if pff needs my assistance which i strongly doubt as mr. faisal saleh has forgotten me for the past 2 years approximately caz of secretary general I might help them as i did a free technical eveluation for them.
    i will keep a certain distance this time for sure but this will be posted each week on this website for naveed hai and co.

    • MastQalandar

      that would be awesome, looking forward to ur evaluation. try to take some pics and videos if you can

  • faisal amir

    evaluation

  • http://www.gsufc.com sheikh mohammad siddique qadri

    i am happy that mr tariq lutfi has accepted the responsibilty of national team head coach.i hope he will give the good results in future to the nation and whole nation is doind pray for him.

  • Ali Vaqar Khan

    Tariq Lutfi is best available option in given circumstances. He had better record than Akhtar Mohiyudin. If better results are to be produced then no one should interfere with Mr. Lutfi. ALso he is a better qualified coach. He has lots of challenges ahead and hope so he able to accomplish it. He should develop attacking play style rather than defensive style.

    • Amjad

      I agree… the team needs to learn the attacking game !!!!

  • faisal amir

    today the trials went on fine . i watched them for two hours nearly.
    tomorrow again at 8 pm they will start so lets see what happens.
    today nothing exceptional . perhaps it was too cold or they were out of training.
    when this camp is off i would like to see mr. lutfi giving each player off season training programs as he will be here of whole year inshallah and then for the nextr camp he can receive super duper fit players!
    it will nice to see this camp from second week.

    most important of all i will not comment any more political or personal comments for atleast till may. when provincial elections will be over and may be time for extra ordinary congress meeting.

    • gauhar mahmood azeem

      thanks for the report! how are the keepers doing faisal bhai?

      this last comment was still political :D

      • faisal amir

        lol

  • khalid

    Please make sure you only if we take plyr football from Saudi arabia asia can qualifying bcuz we have sindhi balochi and siraki Because I played with them best players but in jeddah. thanks

  • khalid

    please i need also pakistani coach tariq lutfi his mail. please read this note thaks