Sports Correspondent – The News
KARACHI: Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) on Monday announced a cash prize of Rs500,000 for the Pakistan team that lifted bronze medal in the Street Child World Cup in Brazil.
“This is not organised football, but since they have done a great job and boosted the image of the country we appreciate their efforts,” Pakistan Football Federation’s (PFF) secretary Col Ahmed Yar Lodhi told ‘The News’.
He said that the PFF had helped them through the Sindh Football Association by providing them a ground in Korangi. “Our coach Hasan Baloch had selected the players. Four players from Maripur had been trained by our coaches,” Lodhi said.
Earlier, a PFF press release said that every effort would be made to groom these players. “They will be brought into the mainstream, regular football by giving them standard training through qualified PFF youth football coaches,” the PFF said.
The PFF also hailed the efforts of the Azad Foundation for sending the team to Brazil. “We also congratulate the Azad Foundation for providing such an opportunity to these children,” it said.
Pakistan, led by Sameer Ahmed, on Sunday beat United States 3-2 on penalties to end third. Pakistan had failed to make it to the final after going down against Burundi on Saturday.