AFC C-Certificate Football Coaching Course concluded

Lahore, 23 November : ‘PFF VISION 2020 Plan, which the Federation has unveiled on 21 June 2008 PFF Congress, will take Pakistan to new height. This ambitious plan will create pavement to PFF in earning berth in top 15 Asian teams as well earning tickets of World Cup, Olympics and FIFA age-limit competitions in coming decade. But all the Coaches had to work harder along with coming coaches to make it reality.” This is stated by Pakistan Football Federation (PFF)’s Director Operation Wng Cmdr ® Pervaiz Saeed Mir during closing ceremony of AFC C-Certificate Football Coaching Course at Lahore’s FIFA Football House, Ferozpur Road on Monday.

Meanwhile, in his message, PFF’s President Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat has urged the coaches to acquire technical know-how and work harder for the promotion of football in the country. Faisal, added there should be free and frank discussion so that the coaches would be able to share each other’s ideas. He lamented that the coaches should implement their knowledge practically on the ground. It is unfeasible to make progress without coaching. Therefore, the coaches must have the ability to watch and scrutinize the strong and weak points of the players. “I hope this course will hone the skill of the coaches,” he added.

“It’s now easier than ever to become a qualified football coach. By getting on the coaching ladder, individuals have the opportunity to progress through the various AFC Coaching qualifications while constantly enhancing their skills and knowledge. To be successful as a coach you should always be open to new ideas,” stated by AFC Instructor Ardeshir Pournemat (Iran) who was assisted by Assistant Course Instructor Syed Nasir Ismail and Referee instructor Arif Siddiqui.

“For 13 days, twenty-two aspiring coaches from various parts of Pakistan, who had taken the ‘D’ Licence earlier, went through the grind of theory and practical lessons to earn the ‘C’ Licence, which would give them the right to coach any team. And as the participants realised, this ‘Licence’ neither comes easy nor to everyone but only to the discerning, considering that coaches are the pillars on which a football development program rests. Unless football talents are nurtured on the right lines, the standard of the game will never rise and that is where teaching the game in a systematic manner gains importance. The various ‘licence’ courses that FIFA/AFC has introduced the world over through the different confederations aim at this aspect,’ added Mir.

Current PMC Athletico Club skipper Haroon Yousof who led Pakistan National team from 1999-2003, was among 22 participants. Other being Nawaz Rehman, Muhammad Siddiq, Muhammad Illyas, Muhammad Ejaz Ghosa, Omer Farooq, Sajjad Hussain, Altaf Hussain, Moon Mehmood Gill, Muhammad Asif, Fareed Majeed, Vijay Kumar, Atif Faqir, Yar Rehman Afridi, Asim Iqbal, Murtaza Khan, Tufail Ghaffar, Abdul Wahid, Adam Khan, Mehboob Khan, Abdul Qadeer and Tariq Farooq.