Oct 11 - 17, 2010

A two-member Fifa Flood Inspection Team visited Pakistan to assess and plan the rehabilitation work for the survivors of devastating floods in Pakistan. The Fifa team comprising Fifa Development Officer, Vernon Manilal Fernando and Fifa Development Manager Asia, David Borjaheld discussed with Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) officials formulation of programmes. Manilal and Borja also visited Faisalabad to check the proposed site for Fifa Goal Project.

Fifa Development Officer Vernon Manilal Fernando and Fifa Development Manager Asia David Borja said: "Fifa is at Faisal Saleh Hayat and his body's disposal at this terrible time. We, on behalf of AFC and Fifa, express condolences on massive loss of lives and colossal damage to properties and infrastructure caused in flood-ravaged Pakistan, and assure humanitarian aids to help the country deal with the disaster."

They said Pakistan would get six Goal Projects. "We have proposed Quetta, Sukkur, Mir Pur Khas, Nowshera, Abbottabad, Faisalabad, Multan, and Bahawalpur for the coming projects," said PFF President Faisal Saleh Hayat.

It may be noted that Fifa has a social role to play throughout the world, one that extends beyond the boundaries of football. The organisation has the moral obligation to help build a better world and also to provide assistance in humanitarian operations.

PFF's President Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat met Fifa President Joseph Sepp Blatter at Swiss city of Zurich, the home of Fifa, immediately after the 31st August Fifa Disciplinary Committee meeting and requested him to plan build training centers, football-related projects in the affected areas and Fifa Football for Hope Clinics in same way as seen after the Tsunami and Kashmir disaster in 2004 and 2005.

Manilal, also one of the Vice Presidents of Asian Football Confederation, said: "Contributing to alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity during and in the aftermath of man-made crises and natural disasters within the football family is also a responsibility that FIFA takes very seriously. I am here in Lahore to visit the devastated region of flood-struck Pakistan in a bid to use football to bring hope and happiness back to the local people, especially traumatised youngsters."

Talking about Fifa-sponsored Charity football match, like the Ronaldinho XI -Shevchenko XI clash at Nou Camp stadium, Barcelona 2005 in support of the relief effort after the tsunami disaster, Manilal said it would take time as European soccer is currently stuck in hectic league schedule and full international Calendar.

Following the report of the Fifa team, a request for assistance to Pakistan will then be made to the Fifa Executive Committee via Fifa Finance Committee in last week of October, said Manilal who said that Fifa want to see smiles back on faces of those peoples badly affected by flood.

"Based on the observations, it is clear that we will do all in our power to assist the people of Pakistan and our football family in overcoming the challenges which they face at this time. The task is a daunting one and the challenges are many, but these are not insurmountable," Manilal said.

Speaking at a reception in honour of Fifa delegation at Fifa House Lahore, Faisal Saleh Hayat thanked Fifa President Sepp Blater, AFC President Mohamed bin Hammam and Fifa Vice President Dr. Chung Moon-Joon (South Korea) for all their love with Pakistani people in grinding out six Goal Projects for PFF.

He added that PFF already comprises of three Goal Projects. Lahore Project is now PFF Secretariat, Peshawar Project is on the brink of inauguration while work on the eagerly awaited Karachi Project will start next month.

"We hope to fill other three cities with three more such projects as several Fifa-affiliated nations assured us all out support." If plans go accordingly, we will have 12 Goal Projects by the late 2013 compared to other 207 FIFA members as all of them have only two Goal Projects," said Faisal.

Manilal praised Faisal Saleh Hayat for taking tangible steps in boosting football in rural and urban areas of Pakistan and making spell from 2003 to 2010 as outstanding, memorable years of Pakistan football. Based on the observations, it is clear that we will do all in our power to assist the PFF, people of Pakistan and football families in eight provinces/regions of sports-loving nation in overcoming the challenges, which they face at this time.

Manilal praised Faisal's commitment for keeping Pakistan in Asian Games. The decision to eject football from the well-known quadrennial games has raised many eyebrows and turned soccer circles of Pakistan into depressing mood. "I would honestly say that football team has improved a lot in last seven years and deserves 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 in last edition."

Borja congratulated Faisal for becoming first-ever Pakistani to earn slot in Fifa Disciplinary Committee. "Faisal's commitment as PFF Chief is triumph for Pakistan's players, coaches, referees, and administrators. The football family stands solidly behind PFF Chief for his tremendous accomplishment in such a short span of time.