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English Soccer legend in Pakistan to boost football


Former English soccer star Michael Owen in Islamabad to brief Prime Minister Imran Khan on a roadmap to develop football in Pakistan.


STORY:  Former England ace striker Michael Owen, who arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday  (January 25) on a three-day tour along with other football coaches,  is expected to brief Prime Minister Imran Khan on a roadmap to develop football in Pakistan.

Owen addressed a news conference in Islamabad a while ago in Islamabad, along with the  Special Advisor To Pakistani PM on Youth Affairs Usman Dar, in which he said he would be “looking at the quality  of footballers” here, and also trying to “create an opportunity for young footballers who need that opportunity.”

“I know that there’s a huge group of people out there that have a massive passion for football. And we want to give them opportunity to start,” Owen said.

However, he said it was not going to be a short term venture.

“We know that it will be a long term project. Nobody can turn Pakistan into a World Cup winning nation straightaway . But what we can do is create opportunity for young people to actually learn about  the game, to improve their game , and then give them the opportunity to play the game at a higher level. Once you do that you will see in the years to come that Pakistan’s world ranking in football will start to gradually improve. It won’t be a short term thing , as I say, but I do think we have a lot of exciting plans for the future,” he said.

Later in the day, Owen met Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa.


A statement from the media wing of the army, ISPR, said the Army Chief thanked Owen for visiting Pakistan and promoting sports, particularly football.

"Sports promote peace and this initiative for developing football infrastructure and young talent in Pakistan is a welcome step," the statement quoted Bajwa as saying.


On Wednesday (January 26), he will be visiting Karachi to inaugurate a Football ground.

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