LAHORE - Punjab Football Association (PFA) president Sardar Naveed Haider Khan has said that he has fruitful interactions with FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter and AFC president HE Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, who lauded him on assuming the charge as PFA chief.

The PFA chief met and interacted with both FIFA and AFC presidents during the 26th AFC Congress in Manama, Bahrain. The AFC president assured his complete support and assistance for Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) and PFA towards the promotion of the game in Pakistan.

“The AFC chief assured me that he will soon visit Lahore and has also asked me to chalk out an aggressive grassroots development programme. He said: “I am sure under the dynamic leadership of PFF president Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, we will work together to bring out the best talent in Pakistan, groom them, train them professionally and ensure soon Pakistan team will emerge as a strong contender in the region,” Naveed said.

The PFA chief also met All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel and presidents of Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Maldives, Qatar, Palestine, Bhutan, Nepal, Oman, South Korea and Kuwait and discussed the various initiatives for betterment of the game in Pakistan. “They all assured me of their complete support and backing for Pakistan football.”

Pakistan team is being invited to play a four-nation tournament in Maldives in July and a possible three-match series in Bangladesh in September this year.

The AIFF president confirmed to resume the regular friendly series between Pakistan and India starting next year. He also assured the PFF president to work closely and ensure that talented players from Pakistan would be invited to play in the Indian Super League next year.