‘PSL-style’ league will change the fate of Pakistan football

Suhaib Ahmed

03rd Sep, 2021. 09:12 pm
‘PSL-style’ league will change the fate of Pakistan football

Global Soccer Ventures, announced last month that it will be organising a football league in Pakistan based on the model of the Pakistan Super League.

The announcement came at a time when Pakistan is already banned by FIFA and GSV has signed a contract with Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) which is not recognised by the world football governing body.

GSV CEO Zabe Khan claimed that despite the controversies surrounding Pakistan football, the league will help football to flourish in Pakistan.

Zabe also spoke about the structure of the PFL, and how it will help raise the standard of the Pakistani footballers.

FIFA banned Pakistan citing third-party interference after Ashfaq Hussain Shah group’s takeover of the PFF headquarters.

FIFA members and staff were asked to leave the PFF House and hand over its accounts to the Ashfaq’s men.

The Normalisation Committee was selected by FIFA to conduct the PFF elections and end a long-standing dispute between warring factions in Pakistan football.

FIFA had denounced the Ashfaq Shah group’s legitimacy and termed the takeover “illegal”.

However, Ashfaq, who was elected as the PFF president following polls by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 2018, and claims that the law of the land allows him to run the sport in Pakistan.

The FIFA ban means that Pakistan national teams cannot participate in international events and local tournaments will be virtually useless if there are no national teams in place.

However, Ashfaq said FIFA’s ban won’t mean football will halt domestically. Therefore, he signed the agreement with GSV.

GSV CEO Zabe said that the Pakistan Football League is hope for local footballers, who want to perform in a more professional and lucrative footballing eco-system.

He also answered questions about the legitimacy of the PFL with the backdrop of the FIFA ban.

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