KARACHI: The Sindh government approved the summary pertaining to allotment of land to the Sindh Football Association (SFA) for the FIFA Goal Project here at Hawksbay, an official of the SFA confirmed.
“Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah approved the summary on Tuesday. It is a great step from the government as it will boost the standard of football in the province,” the treasurer of SFA Rahim Bux Baloch said.
Under the move, the Sindh government will give possession of ten acres of land to the Sindh Football Association (SFA) free of cost here at Hawksbay, where a well-facilitated Football House would be constructed for which the world football governing body (FIFA) has already approved a hefty amount of 400,000 US dollars. The total cost on the project would be around 600,000 US dollars.
Patron-in-Chief of SFA Rafique Engineer, who played an instrumental role in achieving this milestone, said after the approval of the summary now in the next step possession of the land (under Hawksbay Scheme 42, Plot No 13A1) will be given to the association after formal lease agreement between Sindh Football Association (SFA) and Lyari Development Authority (LDA) in the coming few days.
Rafique, an MNA from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), said Sindh was in great need of such a project and this would provide better playing and training facilities to the footballers of this fertile land.
He said with the construction of the FIFA Football House, Sindh would also be able to hold more national and international activities.
Chairman of SFA Ghulam Abbas Baloch said that the main target has been achieved and he is optimistic that the lease agreement between the SFA and LDA will also be made within a week.
Secretary of Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Col Ahmad Yar Lodhi termed it a major breakthrough, saying the project would bring a lot of improvement in football in the province.
“We waited for it for more than one and a half year because we wanted that Sindh, being a great nursery of football, should have the facilities of Football House,” he said.
“Once the lease agreement between SFA and LDA is signed we will send it to FIFA and the world body will write to us for issuing tenders for contractors and after short-listing a contractor the construction work on the project would start in the next three months,” he said.
This would be the third project of its kind in the country, one has already been completed in Lahore while the work on the second project has been started in Peshawar.