Sports Correspondent – The News
KARACHI: Former Pakistan football team captain Ali Nawaz Baloch will contest the elections for the presidential slot of the Sindh Football Association (SFA).
The elections will be held next summer.
Sources confided in ‘The News’ on Thursday that Ali Nawaz had emerged as a strong candidate for the SFA president’s slot as he had good support in Karachi and several other cities of Sindh.
Sources said that the former striker was liked in the football circles because of his undisputed stature.
He has been member of the SFA general council.
This would be the first time when he would contest elections.
The SFA is currently headed by former MNA Syed Khadim Ali Shah who also happens to be the vice-president of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF).
Sources said Khadim was also expected to contest the election despite having failed to live up to the expectations during his four-year tenure.
Sources said if Ali Nawaz got elected it would be a great breakthrough for Sindh football because of his knowledge of the game and his ambition to work for the promotion of football in the province.
Besides representing Pakistan from 1967 to 1974, Ali Nawaz played professional football for the Emirates FC in Abu Dhabi for five years.
He then served as a coach in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for five years. He was offered nationality of the UAE but he preferred to lead the rest of his life in Pakistan.