Kuala Lumpur: FIFA Vice-President Dr Chung Mong-joon has donated US$400,000 to the victims of the recent floods in Pakistan.
The funds will be effected to the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) through AFC. Football infrastructure has been seriously damaged, throwing the sport out of gear in the country.
The projects will be determined by AFC through the AFC’s Social Responsibility Department, in consultation with the PFF.
Dr Chung said it was a small contribution on his part to alleviate the suffering of the flood victims.
“It is a small contribution from my side,” said Dr Chung. “I know the scale of devastation is on a level unseen before. I hope football will help to bring hope back to the people.”
AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam lauded Dr Chung’s humanitarian gesture.
“Dr Chung’s donation will go a long way in helping Pakistani football back on its feet,” said Bin Hammam.
The devastating floods affected at one point approximately one-fifth of Pakistan’s total land area. More than 21 million people were either injured or rendered homeless as a result of the flooding.
Estimates of the total economic impact are expected to be about US$43 billion.
PFF President Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat has already proposed Quetta, Sukkur, Mir Pur Khas, Nowshera, Abbottabad, Faisalabad, Multan and Bahawalpur for football-related projects.