Pakistanis are a strange bunch. Most of us are cricket lovers. However, some of us care about other sports too. Chief among the most popular sports after cricket in Pakistan is football. If you happen to be a football lover amidst the crazy fans of cricket, we got some good news for you. The FIFA ban on Pakistan’s Football Federation is soon lifting.
Back in 2021, FIFA had banned PFF (Pakistan Football Federation). The reason was seemingly the hostile take-over of the Football Federation in Pakistan. FIFA had some massive trust issues with the local people like Ashfaq Hussain. He was selected through elections back in 2018 and sanctioned by Supreme Court. However, FIFA didn’t recognize his authority. The HQs were given to the Normalization Committee instead of the elected president. It is debatable if the Normalization Committee lived up to its expectations, considering the popularity of Football in Pakistan.
Things became more spiced up when Ashfaq Hussain ended up doing a hostile take-over of the Head Quarters of Pakistan Football Federation. Like the majority of the Pakistanis, he might have gone too far in enforcing his ideals. FIFA didn’t take that gesture well and ended up banning PFF.
Recently, the office of NC was restored and FIFA-approved authority was established. This allowed FIFA to lift its ban on Pakistan. The uplifting of this ban bodes well for sports. Pakistan is the budding ground for many potential champions, and recently, our athletes have been crushing it on the international level. The lift of this ban ensures that our Football League will have new opportunities to cash. Just like PSL, Pakistan will also be premiering Pakistan Football League.
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It holds serious potential as it can lead to our country making crazy revenue off football. It will also give chance to all those underappreciated football players that have gone unnoticed particularly because of Pakistan’s obsession with the sports of cricket. Six Premier League clubs have already decided to join Pakistani teams in PFL. The PFL is going to be launched in spring 2022, and it will have its teams based in Karachi, Multan, Lahore, Quetta, Islamabad, Peshawar, and Multan.