LAHORE - Vienna-born Pakistani coach Georg Kottan said that football is one of the most popular game in Pakistan and PFF is doing their best for spreading the game in far-flung areas. But still he is looking for more players to join his Pool. "We were really unlucky not to enter final phase of third AFC Challenge Cup earlier this month. We were only eight minutes away from achieving the goal to play in India next year but a free kick goal crumbled us. I noted several players at Hyderabad who will become part of Pakistan U23 team which will go for hat-trick in South Asian Games next year at Dhaka," said Kottan as Chief Guest during the reception hosted by Pakistan Sports Welfare Association (PSWA) in honor NBP National Football Challenge Cup's Organizers at hostels of Hyderabad Sports Complex, near Niaz Stadium, Thandi Sarak, Hyderabad. PSWA's Secretary Ghulam Muhammad Khan said that PFF, NBP and PSWA is committed to work for football at district level for the promotion of games. He said Sindh has been in the forefront of sporting activities in Pakistan and has contributed handsomely towards national teams in various disciplines. 'The activity of sports is of the highest essence for the all-round transformation of our society into a healthy community. Not only does it give a lifetime physical fitness and mental discipline but also the virtues of character, self-esteem and integrity. Ghulam Muhammad also presented Ajark to Kottan as per Sindhi traditions Ajrak is presented as a gift of hospitality to guests. Technical Study Group (TSG) members, all the Technical Officials, Referees, Organizing Secretary Muhammad Azam, Event Coordinator Zafar Ullah Rajput, Hyderabad DDO Irshad Ali Makhdoom, Dr. Israr were also present on this occasion. "Pakistan Football Federation (PFF)'s President Faisal Saleh Hayat is providing attraction to game of soccer and it is good to see that in order to activate football at Grass Root Level and Youth Development, PFF approved Youth Development Program, to be organized all over the country. The program would encourage and groom players from younger age so that they can grow up to become super stars at international level," added Kottan "The 15-day event at Hyderabad with great support of NBP's President Syed Ali Raza and Sports Head Iqbal Qasim will enable the participants to improve their skills and talent, besides fostering friendship among those hailing from different parts of the country. Sindh Government is taking practical steps to promote the standards of sports and infuse healthy spirit of competition and sportsmanship," concluded PSWA Secretary.