We feared for our lives in Chaman: Wapda

KARACHI: Muslim FC moved to second place in the Pakistan Premier Football League (PPFL) as their opponents Wapda left Chaman without playing any of their three matches after receiving death threats.

According to Wapda officials, during practice, their players had been receiving threats of physical assault by the locals.

The officials revealed that the team had been in Chaman since December 4 but decided against playing scheduled matches when the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) failed to provide adequate security.

“We were in constant fear for our lives and were receiving threats of physical assault.” Wapda coach Sharafat Ali told The Express Tribune. “It’s very difficult to play these teams at their home grounds in Chaman. Also, due to our current form, we won’t end up in the top three, so we decided not to play the matches.

“Army went to play in Chaman with a retinue of four vehicles, security personnel and a helicopter. We can’t afford that. Our players were kidnapped in Chaman back in 2004 so I can’t take risks. The PFF should take steps to provide security or else cease organising matches in Chaman.”

As a result of the walk over, Muslim FC held second position in the league with 47 points after 25 matches, while Wapda dropped to the eighth spot behind Afghan FC with 26.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 10th, 2012.