‘Football is not safe in Pakistan’: Striker Hassan does not have a good structure
KARACHI: Saddened by the frequent disruptions in football activities due to various problems and lack of proper structure, Danish-based Pakistan striker Hassan Bashir on Monday advised national soccer players to find another platform to develop their talents.
“My advice for every soccer player is to find another platform to develop their talents because we have many talents in Pakistan, but if you don’t stimulate and give them the right nutrition, it’s worthless,” the 33-year-old Copenhagen-born forward continued to ‘The News’ in an open interview from Denmark.
Hassan, who was also part of Pakistan’s campaign in the World Cup qualifier against Cambodia last year, said that the country needed the right league if it wanted to develop football. “We need the right league with sponsors and investors. But in the past, from what I have heard, it has always been a problem for the old PFF to attract the right sponsors and investors, “he said.
Hassan has so far played 20 matches for Pakistan, scoring nine goals in eight years of his long career. He said that no visionary leader in Pakistan could promote this sport.
“Once again we have thrown ten years ago. It’s not like we have room to experience such setbacks once again. There is no leader with vision, ambition and desire to sacrifice for Pakistani football. “It’s all about personal ambition,” he complained.
“From building young talent to caring for players, how to treat players, how to manage tactics, the psychological part, to being professional to set targets after what you put in, high hopes with little effort,” Hassan added.
“To be honest, there was nothing there. This is embarrassing. I play third tier league in Denmark at the moment as a semi-professional player and the system and organization are much higher than the national team. Maybe some people will consider this to be an ungrateful statement, but those on the team know how much I have sacrificed for the Pakistan team for the past eight years. I have visited all the camps that are unnecessary and of low quality. All the other teams we have played at our level have professional camps, while our team is always a budget problem. Bad pitch, long journey, low level opponents in training matches, no equipment, not enough staff around the team, “recalls Hassan.
He also criticized the way players were treated in Pakistan. “The worst part is how the PFF coaches and leaders treat players, always as no losers. “In every other country the players are stars but in Pakistan these are the top PFF officials who are those stars,” alleged Hassan.
“During the eight years of my spell, I had 4-5 different coaches and several staff and people around the team. Nobody seems to care, “he said.
He said that football was not safe in Pakistan. “Football is not safe at all. I only met one person in Pakistan who had a little understanding of football and that was Shehzad Anwar. There is no one else, “he said. Hassan said he was ready to serve Pakistan in any capacity.
“I’m ready if called. I always and always will. Despite failures, mismanagement and incompetence I will always do the best for my country. I really want to join the PFF or do something for football in Pakistan if it’s as a coach, agent, talent scout, Technical Director. “With a mixture of Pakistani and European mentalities, I think I can contribute,” he concluded.
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