President’s Cup postponed

By Our Sports Reporter
KARACHI, Nov 15: The national football team’s next international assignment, the President’s Cup, which is a friendly tournament to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from Dec 1 to 15, has been postponed for reasons best known to the Football Federation of Sri Lanka.

“We don’t know the exact reason for the postponement of the event but have been informed that it is not going to take place next month,” said Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Secretary Col Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi while confirming the development to Dawn on Monday.

“The people we were in touch with in Sri Lanka regarding the tournament, namely, AFC President Vernon Manilal Fernando and Football Federation of Sri Lanka CEO Chrysantha Pereira, are also in Japan right now and we will only learn about what happened and the new dates for holding it after their return,” he added.

PFF was looking forward to the event in order to provide further exposure to their young team which recently returned from the Asiad in Guagzhou, China, before next year’s Olympic and World Cup qualifiers.

The President’s Cup will be featuring almost all the teams from South Asia including India, from Football Federation of Sri Lanka back in September.

A camp in preparation for the event is going to be held soon after Eid-ul-Azha.