KARACHI: Football stakeholders in the country are preparing to forge a union to pressure the FIFA-installed PFF Normalization Committee to hold PFF elections instead of focusing on overseas events and tours.
Sources in various provincial and district associations said that Haroon Malik’s NC did not treat them fairly.
“Football at association level has been damaged and we cannot tolerate further delays in the PFF election,” a source told ‘The News’.
Former PFF president Syed Ashfaq Hussain Shah a few days ago held a marathon meeting with stakeholders in Karachi and other Sindh cities. It is hoped that a high-level stakeholder meeting will be held in Islamabad within days to decide on future action plans against the bizarre approach of Haroon’s PFF NC which is supposed to hold elections on 30 June this year.
Sources say it is likely Ashfaq’s former PFF will regain administrative control from the NC. In 2018 Ashfaq was elected chairman of the PFF in an election held based on a decision by the highest court.
However, the same body submitted a claim to the NC which FIFA posted in September 2019 on the condition that the NC would conduct fair and transparent elections.
Sources say Haroon is interested in taking on a mandate from FIFA to revise the PFF statute which is not the duty of NC.
Sources say there is no international sports law, an individual can change the law. Sources say Congress or a public body can do that. Even the International Olympic Committee (IOC) declared the general council of its association as the highest authority for making constitutional amendments.
Sources say FIFA should know that Pakistan is a very complex country and the texture of its football is also very complicated. The full involvement of stakeholders in conflict resolution is required.
Sources say the way the National Women’s Football Championship is organized reflects how little football knowledge the NC PFF has.
Sources said that every stakeholder who had a meeting with Haroon Malik was dissatisfied with his (Haroon) body language.
Haroon the other day told reporters here at KPT Stadium that the PFF election roadmap will be announced in the first or second week of April.
Sources said the roadmap is ready and could be launched by the end of this month, stressing NC’s main objective is to reveal it by the time Ramadan is about to start and stakeholders also don’t have time to react quickly and effectively.
Sources said without the consent of stakeholders, NC and FIFA should not take any steps that could be disastrous for Pakistani football.
Sources also emphasize that NC will be responsible for every penny spent on unnecessary events.
Sources said the NC training program for the preparation of the national senior team for the SAFF Cup which will be held in Bangladesh in September this year also has several gaps.
FIFA in September 2019 installed NC under Humza Khan, giving him a nine-month mandate to hold PFF elections until June 2020. However, it failed to meet the deadline. Its mandate was extended to 31 December 2020, and again NC could do nothing. After Humza’s resignation, FIFA brought in Haroon who is a Canadian citizen.
Sources said stakeholders would not tolerate any more delay tactics on the part of the NC.
Sources say only the elected body can work on football development as it not only has a full four-year mandate but also has provincial associations that contribute to the development of football.