PFF D-Certificate Football Coaching Course from Monday

Lahore, 2 JAN : Pakistan Football Federation (PFF)’s President Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat has approved former international youth midfielder Muhammad Siddique Sheikh to act as Course Instructor during PFF D-Certificate Football Coaching Course, slated to run at Islamabad’s Jinnah Stadium from 4-9 January 2010.

Islamabad Football Association (IFA), with the collaboration of PFF, will organize six-day Course during which 24 participants from regions and top organizations will turn up for the course. According to IFA Acting President Sharafat Hussain Bukhari, aiming to improve the abilities and techniques of coaches, PFF decided to conduct the course. All the arrangements are being completed to host the course in befitting manner comprising 12 participants from Islamabad plus three from AJK, FATA, two from Northern Areas and one each from KRL, Army, Navy and PTV.

“Newly-inducted coaches – Tahir Mehmood and Shahid Salim – in Asian Football Confederation (AFC)’s AID-27 Financial Assistance Scheme will perform duty as Assistant Instructor and Coordinator respectively while former FIFA referee Salahuddin Awan will teach Laws of the Game,’ added Bukhari.

‘On the directives of PFF Chief, Operation Cell used to conduct such courses. It will be first of the five such courses in year 2010. Peshawar (9-14 February), Quetta (2-7 March), Lahore (25-28 March) and Karachi (13-18 April) being the other, during which prominent coaches will give lectures to coaches under 30 years of age. The lectures were based on rules of the game, basics of coaching, planning for training and coaching, little know-how about injuries, body changes as a result of exercises,” said PFF Secretary General Lt.Col ® Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi.

“To be successful as a coach you should always be open to new ideas, so improve your knowledge and level of capability as coach have a big worth in game of football. Gain self-belief in your particular discipline. Gain an official recognized football qualification after completion of PFF D-certificate,” said Siddique from Karachi who assisted Slovakia-based Jozef Herel seven years ago during four-test away series against Sri Lanka and 14th Asian Games at Busan.

Ahmed Lodhi praised the arrangements done by IFA for the Course and said that on the directives of PFF President there is plentiful of Coaching Course in Pakistan in order to get more and more coaches from far flung areas of Pakistan. “ I assure the players, organizers that PFF is well on the way to take steps for the improvement of the overall game structure of the game and the necessity of coaches is very important chapter in this game of masses,” added by Ahmed.