KARACHI: The Red Bull Neymar Jr’s Five Pakistan Champions Highlanders FC from Islamabad have landed in Sau Paulo, Brazil and are ready to take on some of the best sides from around the world.
National champions from 53 countries, including the Highlanders, will battle it out at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in the Neymar Jr’s Five World Final 2017.
Highlanders FC have been drawn in the Group B of the tournament and will lock horns with champion teams from Poland, Romania, Austria, Greece and Brazil.
The team will be led by Pakistan international striker Murtaza Hussain, who represents Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) in the domestic circuit.
“I’m excited to meet Neymar,” he told ARY earlier.
“We all will represent Pakistan in the best possible way in Brazil,” added the 23-year-old.
The Pakistan Premier Football League has not taken place since three-time defending champions KRL lost the title to rivals K-Electric in the 2014-15 season with the PFF splitting into two factions ahead of its presidential elections in June 2015.
Murtaza believed ‘Neymar Jr’s Five’ comes as a rare opportunity to put on display Pakistan’s footballing talent in the ‘Home of Football’ and also to attract the attention of scouts which eventually might get him signed with a foreign club.
“Obviously, in a place like Brazil, I would be expecting scouting eyes around me and I’ll try to do my best,” said Murtaza, who hails from Gilgit-Baltistan region of the country.