Foreign footballers reached City as FATA Football Super League-2017 to start on Friday: Shahid

PESHAWAR:Foreign footballers from Malaysia, Indonesia and Afghanistan Thursday reached City and were warmly received as FATA Football Super League-2017 will be kicking off here at Qayyum Sports Complex from Friday at 3.30 p.m.

This was stated by Secretary Organizing Committee and former national footballer Shahid Khan Shinwari while addressing a press brief here at Media Center of the Qayyum Sports Complex on Thursday.

Accompanied with international footballers from Malaysia, Indonesia and Afghanistan and former national team skippers Najeeb Ullah Najmi and Gohar Zaman, Shahid Khan Shinwari said that it is the first League of the country in which foreign players taking part.

Shahid Khan said that a total of 12 top teams are taking part in the FATA Football Super League-2017 for which all arrangements have already been completed well in time. Shahid, who is also President FATA Olympic Association, said the basic aim of the event is to highlight the soft image of the people of FATA that they are sports loving and believing in peace. He said holding of the FFSL-2017 matches in Khurram Agency, Orakzai Agency, Bajaur Agency has also been planned to provide due opportunities to the youth of FATA to see top players in action.

He said FATA is full of talent and such talent needs to be included in the main pool so that they could go under qualified coaches. Shahid said FATA youth have talent and can rule the world subjected to provide them facilities.

He said now peace to FATA and the rest of the country has been restored because of matchless sacrifices given by the Jawans of law enforcing agencies and Pakistan Army. He said the people of FATA in particular and Pakistan in general have rendered great sacrifices.

He said the League would provide an opportunity to the youth of FATA to come and excel their hidden talent. Shahid disclosed that all the 12 teams have also services of international players in the League-2017 and people would be amused from the way the international players would play football.

He said a total of 12 teams will be taking part in the League. He said the winning team would be awarded Rs 0.5 million while the runner-up team would get Rs 0.3 million. “Best player, top scorer and best goal-keeper would bag Rs 25,000 each,” he said.

He also thanked the sponsor of the League President Bridgestone Tyres Company owner Japan Takuna Kakuuchi, who specially visited Pakistan last month for the trophy unveiling ceremony held in Islamabad. The teams participating in the league include Khyber Eagles, Bajaur Stars, Pakir Epi South Waziristan Agency, Waziristan Panther, Khyber Green Zalmi, Shanwari FC, Malik Saad Falcons, Al Hajj Group, FAW United, Young Jamrud United, Dara Adam Khail Eagle and Gazi Ajab Khan of Dara Adam Khail and Khurram Shaheen of known Dr Arif.