by Faizan Lakhani
KARACHI: Pakistan will host SAFF Football Championship 2020, an official of the Pakistan Football Federation confirmed to geo.tv on Wednesday.
It appears that with the restoration of Pakistan Football Federation’s membership by the FIFA, the doors for international football tournaments in Pakistan have also opened as the South Asian Football Federation has allowed Pakistan to host three regional tournaments between 2019 and 2021.
“The Congress meeting of South Asian Football Federation has approved Pakistan as host of South Asian Football Championship in 2020,” said the PFF official.
“Pakistan will also host South Asian under 15 championship in 2019 and U19 girls’ championship in 2021,” the official added. PFF’s president Faisal Saleh Hayat has hailed the decision saying that it is a big success of PFF following its restoration by the FIFA.
“The struggling period of Pakistan Football is over now,” Hayyat said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Khadim Ali Shah has been elected as vice president of South Asian Football Federation for next four years.
Pakistan to host SAFF event next year
LAHORE – Pakistan will host SAFF (U-15) Boys 2019, SAFF Championship 2020 and SAFF Women (U-19) Championship.
While PFF senior vice president Syed Khadim Ali Shah was elected unopposed as SAFF senior vice president for the next four years term along with Kazi Salahuddin as SAFF president.
PFF president Faisal Saleh Hayat along with senior vice president Syed Khadim Ali Shah and secretary Col (R) Ahmed Yar Lodhi represented Pakistan in SAFF congress held in Bangladesh.
Faisal hoped Khadim will keep on serving Pakistan’s football and playing his positive role in regional football development. SAFF has seven regional countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Faisal reiterated his commitment to take Pakistan football to new heights.