KARACHI: Pakistan will feature in the Street Child Football World Cup, which will be held in Rio (Brazil) in March 2014, it was revealed here on Thursday in a joint press briefing by Azad Foundation and Sindh department of human rights.
The Chief Executive Officer of Azad Foundation Naveed Hasan Khan said that although the event was being held for the second time, it was for the first time that Pakistan had been given a slot. He said players from all the four provinces would be part of the outfit.
He revealed that by October this year, the eight-member team would be finalized, and the selected players, who fulfilled the criteria of street children, would be trained in their respective centres.
He said that one month ahead of the slots, the players would be brought to Karachi for a month-long combined training.
He said that the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) had already been consulted and that they were also in touch with the world football governing body, FIFA.
Also present were the Sindh minister for human rights Nadia Gabol, director Azad Foundation Farah Iqbal and Programme Manager Azad Foundation Syed Ali Bilgrami.
Bilgrami said that the foundation was being supported by Zesh Rehman Foundation, footballpakistan.com and Pak British Foundation.
Nadia said that the Sindh government would fully support the cause.
She also announced that in near future a cricket team of street children would also be formed which would one day represent Pakistan internationally.
From: The News