Sports Correspondent – The News
KARACHI: In order to bring an improvement in policy making, Pakistan Football Federation’s (PFF) Congress on Saturday decided that unlike in the past the top eight teams of the Premier League will have right of vote.
An insider, who attended the meeting in Lahore, told this correspondent that Higher Education Commission (HEC) strongly opposed the move but after a long debate it was finally agreed that an amendment to the rules was very important as the leading sides of the Premier League needed to have voting rights.
The source said that previously the three armed forces, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Railways, HEC, WAPDA and Police had voting rights. Now strong units like three-time champions Khan Research Laboratories (KRL), Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC), National Bank and a couple of Chaman-based clubs, who also normally finish in the top eight would be able to get voting rights in future.
The Congress members were also informed that Bahrain’s Mohamed Shamlan had been appointed as Pakistan coach for a couple of years with the assistance of Bahrain Football Association (BFA). The members were told that the PFF, which used to spend around Rs30 million on a foreign coach, would now be able to save the same amount. This amount would now be spent on women football.