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Overseas players need conducive environment to excel [DAWN]

If what Essa says is true, then there can be no question that those who give less than 100% should not be selected but when you look at the build-up to the Bangladesh match, a World Cup qualifier no less, then any player arriving a few days ahead of the match would shake their head at the chaotic preparations – and to be honest, the domestic-based players should have done the same. Read More »

“Commitment” – The Pakistani excuse

by FPDC staffer M. Shahnawaz ‘Commitment‘ became the best used excuse by Tariq Lutfi and his staff, any player they felt needed discarding or whatever reason was said to be not committed enough and was hence shown the door. This was the favourite term Lutfi and his staff used against some of the overseas players, and later the domestic players ... Read More »

PFF must act now as foreign coaches line up for the job (DAWN)

By Shazia Hasan Pakistan football team’s chief coach Tariq Lutfi may come up with all sorts of arguments to save his job, but the fact remains that the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) is adamant on showing him the door in favour of a talented foreign coach. After PFF Secretary Col Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi’s recent admission that they were entertaining ... Read More »

Lutfi wants foreign contingent to attend full training camp

Alam Zeb Safi [The News] KARACHI: Pakistan football team coach Tariq Lutfi has suggested the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) that foreign-based footballers should attend full-fledged training camps before any international assignment in order to gain top fitness. Lutfi, who has come under fire after Pakistan’s first round exit in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers, has pointed out to the PFF ... Read More »

Pakistani Football: A force or farce?

By our Islamabad Correspondent Shahrukh Sohail   Nearly 3000 thousand roaring fans, cheering their team on.  Chants and cries resonate in the stadium. A bicycle kick similar to the legendry Pele’s brings even the most stubborn of fans off their seats. No, this is not a League match somewhere in England; this is a World Cup Qualifier in a city ... Read More »

Pakistan vs Bangladesh [LIVE]

exclusive live update thread of the Bangladesh vs Pakistan, 2014 FIFA World Cup AFC qualifiers Round One, 2nd Leg being held at Punjab Stadium in Lahore today on 3rd July 2011 (8:30 PM start) Read More »