KARACHI: Mohammad Essa, the former captain of Pakistan’s national soccer team, has warned that they will hold countywide protests for the protection of their rights after Eid-ul-Fitr if football conflicts are not resolved in the next month.
Essa talked to The News from his native city of Chaman, “We are fed up of the situation. The conflict has jeopardised our future,” he said, “We waited for so long but to no avail. We will launch a vigorous movement after Eid-ul-Fitr if the issue is not resolved,” he added.
Due the conflicts between the two parties in the PFF, Pakistan has missed some of the vital international events since last April that has cost Pakistan their world ranking, “Pakistan’s ranking has slipped to 192 because we are unable to feature in international events,” he said.
Due to the unsorted affairs of the PFF, there has been no Premier League in the country and that is damaging players around the country financially. “This is hurting 25,000 players. Besides having missed international events during the last 13 months we also missed the Premier League which is a source of income for us. Now we are unable to run our houses through the meager salaries we get. Our condition is pathetic. We request the courts to resolve the issue as soon as possible and protect us from further miseries,” said Essa.
Mohammad Essa has clarified that the soccer players will make sure that the Premier League is being played this year, “We will launch our campaign before our second successive Premier League is affected.”
The 32-year old revealed their plan saying, “Our plan of action is simple. We will hold press conferences, protest demonstrations and sit-ins in different cities of the country, including Islamabad. Our protest will be countrywide and we hope that we will be able to protect our rights.”
There is a power conflict between two groups of Faysal Saleh Hayat and Punjab Football Association in the Pakistan Football Federation, they are fighting a number of cases in the court that has put PFF functions at a halt.