LAHORE - Former National skippers have congratulated Pakistan Football Federation (PFF)'s President Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat for becoming the first Pakistani ever to have been elected to the prestigious post of AFC Executive Committee. PFF Chief is the only Pakistani to hold the unique and unprecedented honour of visiting a World Cup as member of FIFA/World Cup Disciplinary Committee last year and he is also Chairman of AFC Disciplinary Committee. All former skippers of Pakistan are of the view that the way PFF is going on under leadership of Faisal, it looks as if football is taking charge of title of national game, over running hockey. Shaukat Mufti, Pakistani skipper in Tehran's10 Day event and Karachi's President Gold Cup in 1986, said: "Peoples belonging to all the departments of football in Pakistan stands solidly behind PFF Chief for his tremendous accomplishment in such a short span of time." Tanveer Ahmed, skipper of Pakistan in First Islamic Games 2005, stressed that it is healthy sign as both AFC, FIFA reposed confidence on PFF Chief and awarded him illustrious posts. "Faisal ambition to prop up the game from grassroots level is amazing and now Pakistan is comprised of U13, U14, U16, U19, U21 and U23 teams besides the National team." "Under his vision, PFF have achieved a lot in the last six years and enhancement of Pakistan soccer exposure from 2003 to 2009 as compare to activities from 1997 to 2003 showed that PFF office-bearers are serious, committed about uplift and welfare of this game in this part of the world," added Akbar Raisani, skipper of Pakistan during 1981 King Cup at Bangkok. Zafar Iqbal, captain in SAFF Championship 1993, observed that the Pakistani teams used to undergo big margin defeats in past but now Pakistani teams are no more underdogs in international circuit. They won the hearts of soccer fans back home through team and industrious performance in IOC, FIFA, AFC and SAFF and hoped that Pakistani teams would continue their spirited fashion in coming 4-Test Series against Palestine, World Cup and Olympic Qualifiers plus SAFF Championship and AFC Challenge Cup.