Ahmed to lead Pakistan football team against India

Last Updated: Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 19:52

Lahore: The Pakistan Football Federation has
named Adnan Farooq Ahmed the captain of the national team for
the two-match series against India, which will be played in
the United Kingdom in September.

The PFF confirmed the two matches would be played at
Derby on September 3 and in Glasgow on the 11th.

The Pakistan squad, whose preparations have been badly
hit due to heavy rains and loadshedding here, will leave for
London on Saturday.

Adnan, in his statement, said that he felt honoured to be
captaining Pakistan after nine years as a professional
footballer.

"My first colour was back in 2006 and since then I can
say I have been fully committed to represent Pakistan and
have always put country over club. I have seen a big effort to
improve football in Pakistan and there are positive signs
showing in the younger players. I believe a collective effort
from locals and international Pakistanis can help football
rise quickly in the country," he said.

Head coach Tariq Lutfi admitted that it would be a tough
series for his young team as their preparations were not held
according to schedule because of rains, loadshedding and
Ramazan.

"But we will try to give it our best shot because this is
a series that can lift the profile of football in Pakistan and
I am sure it will be watched by thousands of people as it is
being televised live," Lutfi said.

He said any match against India in any sport was always
bound to be exciting and close.

The PFF and the All India Football Federation have
announced that the September 3 match will be dedicated to the
memory of the three Pakistani youth who were killed in the
recent riots in Birmingham.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 19:52

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