PFF competitions and development director resigns [Dawn]

PFF competitions and development director resigns [Dawn]

By Umaid Wasim

KARACHI: Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) director competitions and development Wing Commander Pervaiz Saeed Mir resigned from his post on Monday citing lack of work due to the ongoing crisis that the country’s football governing body finds itself in.

The PFF has been in turmoil over the last few months due to several controversies in the run up to its elections held by its president Faisal Saleh Hayat on June 30 despite the Lahore High Court (LHC) ordering a stay on the polls.

Hayat has since been issued a contempt notice while a splinter group has taken over the PFF headquarters in Lahore but the LHC has ordered an administrator to take charge of the PFF affairs and hold fresh elections within four months.

Pakistan has since withdrawn its participation from next month’s SAFF U-16 Championship whilst the inaugural Women’s League has been postponed. It is very likely that the Pakistan Premier Football League (PPFL) will also not be held this season.

“There was going to be no work which is why I’ve resigned,” Mir told Dawn on Monday. “I’m a sports professional and I cannot stay without having some work to do. There is no development, there are no competitions so there was no point in continuing with the PFF.

“I’ve worked in sports all my life so I’ll continue doing that,” he added on his future prospects and did not rule out working with the PFF body that takes charge after the elections. “That remains to be seen if the new body wants to utilise my services.”