KARACHI: FIFA’s representative Chrysanta Pereira visited the FIFA Football House being constructed here on Saturday.
The Sri Lankan, who landed in the port city at 11am on Saturday, was accompanied by the PFF Director Clubs and Projects Col (retd) Farasat Ali, Sindh Football Association (SFA) secretary Hasan Baloch and District Football Association (DFA) West representative Rahim Bux Baloch.
Pereira, FIFA Goal-Project Deputy Development Officer, expressed his satisfaction over the work done so far.
“I am satisfied with the way the work is being done on the project and will submit my report to FIFA about the progress and soon the remaining budget will also be released,” Pereira said.
He said that the work on the project would be completed till April and astro-turf would also be given by the world football governing body in the meantime.
The turf, which will be the first in Pakistan, will be laid on the pitch which will be specified for the matches.
An extra pitch is also being prepared for practice.
A budget of $400,000 was approved initially for the project and $100,000 was approved later.
Almost 90 percent work has been completed on the project which will have accommodation for 100 players.
Col Farasat said that the facility would be made functional by October or November. Pereira is scheduled to inspect projects in Sukkur and Jacobabad on Sunday (today).
FIFA has so far approved eight state-of-the-art projects for Pakistan. With the construction of the Football House in Karachi, it will become easier for the PFF to hold national team’s camps for international assignments.
The land allocated for the house measures ten acres.
from: The News