Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on Thursday restored Pakistan’s international membership. According to the details, FIFA’s normalization committee will advance towards the election. The Pakistan football team has finally gained access to international football, and a number of national-level football activities will also be restarted.
Chairman Normalization Committee (NC), Haroon Malik said: “Congratulations to the football community. May the hard work of NC and the prayers of the football family come to fruition. FIFA also extended the NC’s mandate by one year. Restoration of football, holding PFF elections, and return of assets will be the top priority.”
Addressing a press conference here at Pakistan Football Headquarters, Lahore, the Normalization Committee Chairman, Haroon Malik, flanked by NC member, Saud Hashmi, and said, “When the series of data compilation of clubs, academies, coaches and officials were started through the Pakistan Football Connect program, it got a great response. Thousands of stakeholders submitted applications by obtaining information from the special office established in Karachi. After verifying the data, clubs are being given access to the ID portal from Saturday, the registered club will have recognition not only in the organized system of football in Pakistan but also at the international level.” He further said, “I am glad that the Normalization Committee got the opportunity to take this historic step in its tenure, moving swiftly toward the PFF elections as per its mandate. Through this, the registration of clubs on merit will help make the whole process transparent.”
This is a great step forward in Pakistan’s football representation in the world. Talent will be revived by such decisions and a path for football “most watched game around the world” will be paved in Pakistan leading to betterment in growth of football and overall sports in Pakistan.