Players are honored with pride and respect when they represent their national team in mega events but Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has set a new example by as it has banned the player whom represented Pakistan national team in preliminary round of world cup against Combodia. Fight for throne of PFF has been continued between Faisal Saleh Hayat and Enginer Ashfaq Ahmed group, FIFA fact finding mission has left Pakistan after extracting information from stakeholders but did not reached to any conclusion.
PFF office and its affair have been in limbo. Both bodies had held the camp to field the team for world cup qualifying campaign player were confused where to join but FIFA has been accepting Faisal Saleh Hayat group since 2015. Football is politicized in Pakistan because of million of dollars of sponsorship by FIFA .
Indeed world governing body has been funding generously PFF to promote its football but the game is held hostage by corrupt politicians. Indeed players rely on government and semi government institutions for professional earnings but Ashfaq led body has put the jobs of world cup qualifying team member in jeopardy as they suspended the national heroes for two years to not to play any domestic tournament from their relevant departments.
A number of players have lost their jobs as various government and semi government institutions have shut down their football teams because they have considered them burden on their institutions, ironically representatives of football have not uttered a single wold to resist the act which rendered a number of players unemployed. The ones who represented national team can be seen driving auto rickshaw because of the cruel act of top management turned their life to misery.
Virtually football need to be depoliticized from district level player have to come forward to run the affair of this demoted game as we can have a look around the globe that Michael Platini has become the president of UEFA and member of FIFA but he had been circumscribed since awarding Qatar to host the FIFA world cup 2022 in a hot temperature.
I really regret that players have been left at the mercy of politicians whom do not have interest to run the football, the global game has been the monopoly of politicians as PFF headquarter at Lahore has witnessed fist fighting between two groups in 2015 to enthrone their leaders.
Country is enriched from talent as they have displayed in last SAARC youth championship at Nepal when they have beaten India in semi final but lost the final against Bangladesh on penalty kick, four years suspension of FIFA to Pakistan caused the lost of talent neighboring country awarding lavish contract to their players to hoist their flag and bring pride their homeland but politicians has been playing with the fate of poor players in Pakistan.