Pakistan out of SAFF CUP for the second year running...

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Just when football was finding its way back for Pakistan’s Women Football team, a major decision by Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) came as a major setback against the team’s high spirits.


As per reports, a faction of PFF, President Faisal Saleh Hayat decided to withdraw the women’s contingency from the imminent South Asia Football Federation (SAFF) Women’s Championship, emulating their feat in 2016.


The decision though hasn’t gone down well amongst the fans, as the team captain Hajra Khan who took to Twitter to express her disappointment, quoting:  “Never been more disappointed. Pakistan Women's National Football Team will not be taking part in SAFF Championship next month after Faisal Saleh Hayat, a faction of the PFF withdrew from the event just like they did in 2016. The last match the women's team played was in 2014 edition.”


An important fact doing the rounds is that back in 2016 the team waited for two years to play in the same tournament but met with disappointment at the hands of its federation. Hajra who was the team’s captain then as well, notably on record had mentioned about the non-cooperation of authorities to let team participate in the event.

Following were her words three years back, “As the women’s captain I tried my best that we participate in this event. I wrote to the Maldives football federation, SAFF and the PFF as well. I told them that resources shouldn’t be a problem as I can manage to get sponsorships and players can put in their own money for travel and stay. I tried to explain it to them that we can go but they didn’t cooperate."


Meanwhile, the championship which is to be held in Nepal from 12th March will now undergo a change in schedule and structure. Earlier, the participating teams were divided into 2 groups with participant teams filling the slots in each group. But now that Pakistan isn’t participating in the event the following six teams namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka will duke it out for the trophy.


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