LAHORE Former national skippers Ghulam Rabbani, Sharafat Ali, Haroon Yousof and Jaffar Khan hailed PFF President Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat for taking tangible steps for boosting football in the country. The elimination of Pakistan team from 16th Asian Games football event will be a severe setback to Pakistan football will affect the National U-23 team and Youth Development Program, said Sharafat Ali who slammed both goals in 2-0 win over Algeria in KLs Merdeka Cup 1984. All skippers criticized Pakistan Olympic Association and Sports Ministry for kicking out Pakistan team from XVI Asian Games to be held at Chinese city Guangzhou from November 12-27. Guangzhou is the second city in China to host the Games after Beijing in 1990 where total of 476 events in 42 sports will be contested by athletes, making it the largest event in history of the Games. Pakistani captain in Islamic Games 2005 Tanveer Ahmed said that the decision to exclude football from the well-known quadrennial Games has raised many a brows. Its very unfortunate. I dont want to go into argument but would honestly say that football deserved a berth in the coming Games as Pakistan won the heart of Qataris during Doha Games by giving hard time to Asian powerhouses Japan, Korea DPR and Syria, and the-then Chief -de -Mission Air Marshal Rashid Kalim, former SVP Pakistan Squash Federation, had also appreciated Pakistans brave effort in his event report, added Rabbani who represented Pakistan in 7-0 win over Thailand in 4th Merdeka Cup (9 August 1960). It is a matter of deep concern that a game such as football has been thrown out from ancient event like Asian Games, said former captain Haroon Yusuf. Jaffar, who led Pakistan to gold in 2004 SAG, said that expecting a medal from sportsmen while not furnishing them with proper infrastructure was great injustice. No foreign teams are ready to come to Pakistan due to security concern and the PFF was forced to withdraw from hosting the Asian U-19 Youth Championship last year. In this perspective, when our players got a chance to play in an abroad competition, they are denied this opportunity, said former national skipper Zafar Iqbal.