ISLAMABAD: Former captain Lt Col (R) Mujahid Ullah Tareen Wednesday said the national team cannot improve until and unless Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) won’t stop stuffing foreign-based players in the team.
Afghanistan beat Pakistan with a 3-0 margin in a friendly match held last month there while Pakistan lost its 1st match against India by 1-0 in the SAFF Cup 2013. Pakistan has to win its next game otherwise the team would be out of the event.
For the SAFF Cup, PFF called foreign-based players including Adnan Ahmed, former Fulham defender Zesh Rehman, Hassan Bashir, Yousuf Butt and Yacoob Butt.
Talking to APP, Mujahid Ullah who has also been the former PFF secretary, said the team has failed to produce many times and therefore an operation clean-up is needed in the team. “I feel the team’s downfall at major events is because of the inclusion of foreign-based players in the team,” he said.
Mujahid who is also the Director Media of Pakistan Olympic Association, said our local players perform with their hearts out in the domestic championships but at the end the PFF give them award by calling in foreign-based players who occupy their space in the team.
“Our players get disappointed with this,” he said adding that Pakistan team should have Pakistani players in it who perform whole year at the domestic circuit here.
Mujahid Ullah further advised Mohamed Shamlan Mubarak Basheer Alshamlan who replaced Milosavljevic Zavisa as a head coach of the national team last month, to include as many as local players as he can in the team in future as to make it a Pakistan team rather than a foreign-based players team who come, play and go.