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‘I want foreign players to represent PAF in PPFL’ – Arshad Khan [Express Tribune]

Natasha Raheel – Express Tribune

KARACHI: Inspired by KESC, PAF manager Arshad Khan wants foreign players in his team for the next Pakistan Premier Football League (PFFL) season. PAF boosted their status last season when they finished fifth.

This time, the departmental side is currently ranked in third place. They are touted as one of the top contenders which include defending champions KRL, KESC and four-time champions Wapda.

KESC hired a Nigerian striker this season, Oludeyi Abayomi, and Khan said that he would want trainee pilots who come to Pakistan from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and even Nigeria to play for his side in the next PPFL edition.

“Even this time I tried to hire a few players from the Risalpur Base who came there for pilot training,” Khan told The Express Tribune. “They were very talented footballers, some were local as well, but they needed to stay fit for their pilot-training. I couldn’t finalise their contracts with the football team due to the rules.

“But in hindsight, I want foreign players to represent PAF in PPFL.”

Khan further stated that the PAF sports department director Shahid Nadeem has been a real support in bringing the football team among the top clubs in the country.

“Our aim till 2011 was just to escape relegation from the league. Now we are vying for the title. Two years ago we finished in the seventh place out of 14 teams and that was not good enough.”

Khan worked as a coach for PAF, and continued his services as manager this time due to a rule by the Pakistan Football Federation that only coaches who have ‘A’ and ‘B’ coaching certificates can be in-charge of a team. He is also working as an assistant coach with Anwar Shehzad for PAF.

Meanwhile, in Tuesday’s matches, defending champions KRL defeated Pak-Afghan Clearing Agency 1-0 in Lahore. Muhammad Qasim scored the winning goal in the 77th minute of the match. KRL stand in fifth place with 38 points.

In another fixture, PIA defeated Lyallpur FC 1-0 with Ali Adil’s goal and climbed to the fourth position with 39 points. On the other hand, Army thrashed Baloch FC 3-0 and moved to the seventh spot with 35 points.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 8th, 2014.

About Shahrukh Sohail

SRJ or more commonly referred to as Shahrukh outside FootballPakistan, is the current Chief Editor of FPDC and die-hard supporter of the Pakistan National Football Team. Away from Pakistani football, Shahrukh is an entrepreneur, a student and enjoys dominating the right-flank on the pitch.
  • Noman Ajmal

    Totally agreed with PAF coach,we desperately need foriegn players in our league so that quality can increase

    Above all if PFF is able to have tv rights then definetlty quality will increase and players from foriegn will definetly come

    • Shahrukh Sohail

      It’s a vicious cycle. Better League – TV Rights – More money for the clubs – foreign players.

      The PFF needs to revamp the League desperately.

      • Mubashar Rehman

        True Shahrukh. I am proud FPDC has played its part because football following and participation on FPDC’s FACEBOOK page has increased significantly. This hsould have been in 2013 review IMHO.
        The participation in photo competition is an example. Many folds increase in the pics submission.

        • Shahrukh Sohail

          Thank you for the kind words Mubashar!

          • Mubashar Rehman

            FPDC rise in 2013 should be articled.

          • Shahrukh Sohail

            We would definitely like to do, but we don’t like showing off.

            How about a guest post from your side?

          • Mubashar Rehman

            Yeah. Why not. But I am not on FB I am on twitter and I will need some statistics from you.

            You can mail me at ph.mubashar@yahoo.com

            Here is my first attempt on FPDC almost 3 years ago

            http://www.footballpakistan.com/2011/01/fpdc-tales-mubashar-rehman-the-beautiful-game-i-love-it/

          • Shahrukh Sohail

            Sure. I will email you. Let me know what you need.

          • Numan anjum

            SHAHRUKH please try to update your website more often and regularly as far as the Pakistan matches are concerned

          • Shahrukh Sohail

            Numan, We always update Pakistan matches, we were the first organization/journalists in Pakistani football history perhaps to go abroad and cover the National Team in a tournament.

            We never miss games ;)

          • Shahrukh Sohail

            We usually never miss Pakistani games no matter what level they are :)

        • Numan Anjum

          Defiantly agreed with you Mubashar FPDC has really played a great rule in supporting football.yeah PFDC you are doing a great job……..THANK YOU