U-15 football trials begin in Karachi under English coach [The Nation]

U-15 football trials begin in Karachi under English coach [The Nation]

LAHORE   –  Trials for the Under-15 footballers began on Monday at the KMC Football Stadium under the supervision of Swindon Town Football Club coach Alex Pike. As many as 176 children participated in the trials on the first day.

According to information made available here, Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Iqbal Memon visited the stadium and inspected the trials.  On the occasion, District Football Association South President Jameel Hoat, international football player Aurangzeb, Sports Coordinator Commissioner Karachi Ghulam Muhammad Khan and others were also present.

Talking to media, Commissioner Karachi said: “Karachi is a hub of football talent, but lack of resources is major hurdle in polishing the raw talent. In this regard, he added that an agreement was signed between Swindon Town Football Club and Karachi Football Club on February 5, 2022. Today, the dream is beginning to come true and the agreement has entered into the implementation phase.”

He said that the trial phase will continue for the next four days. He added two teams would be chosen in trials after which two final matches would be played between the chosen teams. “Besides footballers, eight coaches have also been selected, two of whom will travel to the UK for a month training.”

The Commissioner said two best U-15 football players would be selected and sent to the UK for two-year training. In the first phase, two coaches and two children will go to UK, and this will not stop. It is continuous process. He added that Karachi has tremendous  football talent, we only have to encourage and support young talent. He said that Alex Pike is also impressed to see the talent of kids.

Responding to a question, he said that players are being selected on merit and all aspiring children would be given chance to participate in the trials adding that registration process is open for all U-15 children. To another question, he said that arrangements of water and refreshments for the players have been ensured, besides facility of first aid and ambulance in case of emergency.

Published in The Nation, 22 March 2022