AFC C-Certificate Football Coaching Course starts in Lahore

Lahore, 11 November : Pakistan Football Federation (PFF), in keeping with its emphasis on PFF Vision Plan 2020 and Youth Development Program, hosting an AFC C-Certificate Football Coaching Course that commenced at FIFA Football House on Wednesday, today. The 13-day coaching course will be conducted by well-known AFC Instructor, Ardeshir Pournemat. Assisted by Assistant Course Instructor Syed Nasir Ismail and former FIFA Referee Arif Siddiqui.

PFF Secretary General Lt.Col ® Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi opened the Course as Chief Guest and said that experience is essential for a coach as so much can be learned from the coaching field whether it be working with other coaches and learning from them or coaching different groups of players with mixed abilities.”A successful coach should always be open to new ideas and want to continually improve their individual skills and knowledge of the game. AFC courses offer the perfect solution to all coaches who aim to improve their skills, knowledge, experience and enjoyment of the game.” added Lodhi who is also member Vision Asia Bureau. Pakistan Football Federation (PFF)’s Director Operation Wng Cmdr ® Pervaiz Saeed Mir, Director Finance Nadia Naqvi and National Coach George Kottan were also present on this occasion.

Lodhi added : “To strengthen club culture is in PFF President’s Faisal Saleh Hayat’s long-term planning and according to him coaches will play vital role in this regard. The Course will enable the 24 participants to take this challenge. Before advent of Faisal Saleh Hayat, there were seldom any courses but now PFF managing courses after courses,”

The Course will change the fortune of many attender and this will be a great opportunity for all of the Pakistani football coaches to come on board and take advantage of Ardeshir’s coaching philosophy and experience he will provide for the coaching local coaching fraternity. “There is so much happening in modern football and this course where video analysis and practical lessons are involved, helps us get an insight into the game,” added Arsdeshir who also conducted such Course at same venue in December 2007.

This course not only sharpens the skills in teaching the game but develop leadership qualities. In short the course helps transform one’s personality,” he claimed. Like other Asian football lovers, the Iranian felt that Pakistan had the potential to be among the top in the continent. “A systematic youth development programme has helped us in Iran. I am sure it will do so in Pakistan too,” he said about the efforts being made now in the country.

“Bringing in Austrian as national coach is a good development,” Iranian, a Physical Education professor at the Azad University near Tehran, felt.