From our correspondent
KARACHI: Pakistan football team former captain Mohammad Essa on Tuesday lashed out at the Pakistan Football Federation’s (PFF) Normalisation Committee for biased steps it has taken so far and said that it would be disastrous for the country’s football.
“The PFF NC has destroyed the hopes of Pakistani footballers. We were expecting that the committee will ensure neutrality in its working but it has so far favoured only a single group,” Essa told thecricketplus.com in an interview from his hometown Chaman.
“The NC has become a group now. It has so far worked completely against Faisal Saleh Hayat Group and Amir Dogar Group which is a question mark over its neutrality,” Essa said.
He said that initially when FIFA appointed NC there was hope that it would work in transparent manner.
“But now all those hopes have ended. By taking one-sided decisions the NC has failed to pave way for transparent elections. The one-sided steps taken by the NC will create much mess in the provinces and footballers would suffer ultimately,” said the former play-maker.
Essa has been the best play-maker of Pakistan’s football history. He has led Pakistan solidly throughout his captaincy. He is also acting as coach of the K-Electric. He has also worked as Pakistan senior team’s assistant coach.
“FIFA had installed the NC for paving way and holding transparent elections in which it has failed completely. The biggest issue is that such people are part of the PFF NC who don’t know football and I question how they would be able to hold elections at various levels when they have no knowledge of the game,” Essa said.
He said it was now time for football community to protest against the so-called biased decisions of the NC.
“Personally I will try my level best to protest against these injustices. I will convey my message to FIFA and the AFC and would request the world body to take immediate notice of what is happening in Pakistan’s football unless it becomes too late,” Essa said.
“All the decisions the PFF NC has taken so far are one-sided and if the NC was not stopped from pursuing its own agenda then it would be disastrous for the country’s football and the players,” Essa said.