‘Playing against European teams is a big achievement’

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By Sports Reporter

KARACHI: Pakistan Socca football team coach Tariq Lutfi said that Pakistan played against European sides in the ongoing 32-team inaugural ISF Socca Football World Cup in Lisbon, Portugal which is itself a big achievement for a Pakistan team.

According to information made available here, Pakistan has lost both of its first two matches in the mega event against Spain and another European team Moldova by 5-0 and 6-0 score on Sunday night and yesterday respectively. Pakistan has been virtually eliminated from the title race.

Lutfi, a renowned football coach in Pakistan who has coached top national sides in the country, praised World Group and Trunkwala Family for their Leisure Leagues Pakistan (LLP) enterprise, which has enabled Pakistan players compete against top class football playing nation like Spain and Russia.

“Pakistan’s participation in the Socca World has done one thing – that things have started rolling for Pakistan football in the right direction. Playing against European nations is in itself a big achievement for Pakistan. Hopefully in years to come and with the passage of time, we will also learn the winning ways against them,” Lutfi said. According to coach and team manager Zabe Khan, it is the beginning of Pakistan team’s international activity, and the team’s performance graph would start moving in the right direction soon.

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