PFF Press Release
FIFA Football Academy/training centre, Khanewal will be a mile stone for the development of Football in the region: Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat President Pakistan Football Federation
Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat said that Pakistan Football Federation will carry on its efforts to develop football in all areas of Pakistan while he was the chief guest at the foundation stone laying ceremony of FIFA Football Academy/Training centre at Khanewal.
At this occasion he also thanked the DCO Khanewal Mohammad Usman Moazzam for his special efforts to make this dream a reality and said that the construction of this mega project in Khanewal will provide a golden opportunity to the youth of the whole region to show their talent. He further said that due to the well directed policies of PFF, football has taken off in the country and future of the game is very bright in our country.
In this regard he also mentioned the recent excellent display of quality football by the Pakistan National Football Team in the 2 match friendly series won by it in Banglore against Indian National Football Team. President PFF also applauded the endeavors of the Vice President Punjab Football Association Abdul Qyyum from khanewal & Mian Abdul Bari Secretary DFA Khanewal and FIFA Referee. Telling the details of the project to the audience including media, Mr. Faisal Saleh Hayat said this is not only a project for the Punjab province but PFF will bring International events at Khanewal.
According to the details, FIFA is fully financing Rs. 7.75 Crore for the building of state of art FIFA Training Center and Football Ground at Khanewal with a full boarding and lodging facility for 200 football players under its FIFA Goal Project at the 8 Acres of Land allocated for the project by District Govt. Khanewal on a 30 years Lease to PFF. PFF will also bear the running costs for the maintenance of FIFA Football Center. The project is launched today with a completion target of 1 and half year.
General Secretary PFF Lt.Col. (Retd.) Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi thanked the Punjab Govt. and DCO Khanewal for allotting 8 Acres of precious land located on G.T Road for this historic FIFA Football Training Center. He informed the audience that this FIFA Football Training Center (Khanewal) is going to be the 8th FIFA Football Training Center, other centers being constructed/completed are located at Sukkur, Jacobabad, Quetta, Abbotabad, Karachi, Peshawar, and Lahore. With the completion of all these projects not only the youth of Pakistan will be kept busy in healthy sporting activities but shell help to develop football at much rapid pace.
DCO Khanewal Mohammad Usman Moazzam said that this promising project will certainly help a lot to produce and groom good football players in the region who will serve Pakistan at later stage. He further said that the allocation of valuable 8 acres of land at a very prime location shows the seriousness of the Punjab Government and District Khanewal Authorities have
At this occasion Director Member Associations and Projects PFF Lt. Col. Retd. Farasat Ali Shah, Maj. Rtd. Jahangir Khan Lodhi Director Admin PFF, Arshad Khan Lodhi President Punjab Football Association were also present.
One minute silence was also observed in the memory of late Mr. Abdul Qayyum President DFA Khanewal who passed away some days ago.