PFF officials ousted from headquarters in Lahore [Geo Super]

PFF officials ousted from headquarters in Lahore [Geo Super]

by Sohail Imran

LAHORE: The officials of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Normalisation Committee (NC) were ousted from their headquarters in Lahore on Tuesday due to a dispute with the Punjab Revenue Department over the lease of the building.

The development comes after a district and sessions court in Lahore lifted the stay order taken by the PFF on the matter.

The officials of the Punjab Revenue Department, who claim that the lease was cancelled in 2021, have also taken control of the building.

According to sources within the PFF, they will address the issue after the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier against Cambodia, which will take place in Islamabad today, is finished. They will also inform FIFA, game’s governing body, about the matter.

“There are 11 years remaining in the lease. The previous management is responsible for this debacle. We weren’t given a notice as well in advance as well,” the source added.

Pakistan eye their first ever World Cup qualifying round win when they take on Cambodia in a return match (second leg) at the Jinnah Stadium Tuesday (today) afternoon.

Since Pakistan players put their feet on the field for the first ever World Cup qualifying outing (Italia 1990), they have never won a qualifier. On Tuesday chances of achieving their first ever win are there following the goalless first-leg draw in Cambodia.

Pakistan only managed to draw three of the 32 games they have played so far in an effort to make it to the World Cup, scoring 10 goals against 124 they conceded.

It rained almost all day Monday in Islamabad, a day ahead of the match, making it difficult for the opposing teams to use the Stadium field for one final training session. The Cambodian team had to be content with a training session at the indoor Liaquat Gymnasium while Naseer Bunda Hockey turf was used by the host country players for a shorter training stint. The forecast for Tuesday however is encouraging.

Published in Geo Super, 17 October 2023