Lahore – Pakistan, Oct 11, 2012: Pakistan National U-14 Football team has earned in the third position by defeating Maldives 2-0 in their Third and final match of the SAFF U-14 Football Exchange Programme October 9-19, 2012 at Tokinosumika Sports Centre, Tokyo. Nepal was placed in the 1st position and Japan in the second place. Our team has won a great honor for Pakistan and all this is due to unflinching and untiring efforts of the present PFF set up under the leadership of the President, Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat.
According to the press release issued here by PFF, first goal was netted by Muneer on the beautiful pass of Shahzeb while second goal was scored by Saeed Babar through Penalty Kick. It clearly indicates that Youth Development Programme is producing positive results despite PFF meager financial resources. This honor has been bestowed upon PFF and all football lovers of Pakistan because of well thought PFF Vision 2020 & 2022.
It is worth mentioning that in spite of the limited resources, PFF has been able to achieve this historic success. It will not be out of place to mention here that participating teams like Japan has a budget over hundred times, India forty times, Bangladesh ten times and Sri Lanka four times as compared to PFF. Ours victory justifies our request to the public sector and the Government set up to come forward to help PFF to promote world most popular game of football in Pakistan.
It is pertinent to mention here that this programme was financed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan in order to enhance global understanding of Japan’s reconstruction efforts following the Great East Japan Earthquake. With the full support of the programme, Japan Football Association is organized the U-14 Youth Football to support the exchange of youth players among the participating countries.