Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Staab: Women's football is "trendy" in Pakistan

German football coach Monika Staab has commented on the healthy state of Pakistan women's football. “I have come to know that women football in Pakistan is at an early age and the game was kicked off only three years ago due to the personal interest of Pakistan Football Federation President, Faisal Saleh Hayat,” she told Pakistan Times. "The main thing is that the ladies football is trendy in Pakistan and there is a lot of activity going on to attract girls to take up football as a sport”, she added. “I noticed in first two phases that girls in this part of world have a love, commitment and eagerness for the game. It’s a healthy sign keeping in view the cultural barriers as a Muslim nation”, she said.

An example is the Lahore Sports Sciences Women’s Club whose President, Prof Dr Shahida Haider, announced a 26-player squad for the 3rd National Women’s Football Championship commencing 16 August at Islamabad’s Jinnah Stadium. The team includes Punjab University women’s sports wing teachers and students who have hired the services of Pakistan Olympic team’s head coach Muhammad Rasheed.

“It will be maiden appearance of our team in the event and we are thankful to Pakistan Football Federation President Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat for giving us a berth in country’s premier annual women’s football show. We are also lucky to have sport-loving lady Shahida Haider, wife of federal Minister for Sports and Culture Mian Shamim Haider, as our club’s president,” SSWC’s media manager Salma Shaukat, told Daily Times.

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