PFF sack two officials in search of better results

KARACHI: The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has fired its two top officials in a move to cut down the expenses and to bring in young professionals to produce better results in the respective departments.

Sources told ‘The News’ that Director Grassroots and Youth Development Siddique Shaikh and Director Marketing Nadia Naqvi have been verbally informed by the PFF secretary Col Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi that they are being fired from their jobs.

Insiders said that they will continue working till July 31. Sources said that the PFF president Faisal Saleh Hayat will come to office on Saturday (today) and there is a chance that both the experienced officials will be handed over termination letters.

Meanwhile, a source said that the Manager Administration has also been relieved of his duty.

However, the PFF secretary Col Ahmed Yar Lodhi did not confirm it but said that the move is under consideration and certain decisions pertaining to the release of few officials will be made till September.

“In order to cut down the expenses and to induct new blood in order to produce better results is the sole aim of the federation but it would be decided by the Congress,” he said.

‘The News’ also learnt that the PFF is also seriously considering release of around two dozens of AID-27 coaches because most of them have failed to perform. The AFC is releasing $200,000 annually for the programme.

Moreover, after the release of the Director Grassroots and Youth Development, Director Operations Pervez Saeed Mir has been shouldered this additional responsibility.