Lahore, 10 April : “The standard of football in Pakistan is enhancing day by day and both, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC), appreciating the game’s advancement in the country. Pakistan have got the large pool of footballers in various level and the number is growing with each passing day. AFC in recognition of PFF’s fine display included them in Vision Asia through which PFF will get increased financial and technical support.” this is stated by AFC President Mohamed bin Hammam who has appreciated the football promotion work of Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) under the leadership of Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat.
AFC’s Vision India Director Imtiaz Rehman, AFC Vision Asia Department Director Michelle Chai returned back after supervising two-day Vision Asia Planning Workshop, chaired by Syed Khadim Ali Shah, PFF Vice President, at FIFA Football House from 6-7 April 2010. It was third visit of VA team after one-day Pre-assessment visit on 13 April 2009 and second visit, under Brendon Menton in second week of June 2009. The delegation were briefed about the league structure, youth development program and the administrative activities of the PFF as well as the provincial and district structure also came under discussion during three meets..
“AFC representatives had already visited Lahore for three Vision Asia meeting whose objective was to prepare PFF for a successful future. AFC delegation organized three meetings in Pakistan outlining a comprehensive program for the development of Pakistani football added who said that it is good PFF Chief pledged his commitment to Vision Asia and its principles of development and identified professionalisation of its administration and re-structuring of its competitions as key targets.
During AFC Annual Awards 2008 Gala at the Shanghai (China), Hammam awarded PFF the Vision Asia – 15th country in line to be part of the AFC’ Vision Asia program and among the few countries in 2009 for AFC Vision of Asia . Vision Asia is the creation of AFC President, who launched the program in September 2002. It is the AFC’s grand plan for a continent-wide program to raise the standards of Asian football at all levels, be it on the field of play, administration or sports science.