ISLAMABAD: Now that the ban on the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has been nullified, the FIFA confirmed on Thursday they will be sending a mission to Pakistan shortly. The PFF has been courting controversy for the past three years, and Pakistan has not competed in any international event since March 2015.
The FIFA suspended the PFF in October last year, following the appointment of Asad Munir to run the federation after the court annulled PFF president Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat’s election for a fourth term.
The FIFA lifted the ban on March 13, stating that they are closely following the situation with PFF. “We can confirm that a FIFA mission will visit Pakistan in the near future to assess the situation and decide on next steps,” FIFA spokesperson was quoted as saying.
In the 2015 Changla Gali elections, 14 voting members out of a total of 26 had no association with football. In fact, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and departmental representatives never made it to the PFF elections.
As the PFF got partitioned into two groups in 2015, their own election committee secretary Farasat Ali Shah claimed that the provincial association elections were rigged in order to manipulate the PFF presidential elections because Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Football Association President Zahir Ali Shah had shown interest in competing against Hayat that year.
After a visit to Pakistan, in September 2015, the FIFA asked the PFF to update laws in accordance with FIFA statutes, addressing a lack of transparency in the distribution of power in the organization.
The muddle at the organizational level has had an incredibly adverse impact on Pakistani footballers. No domestic leagues have taken place throughout this period and the country’s ranking has drastically dropped to 203.