Nothing a lot it appears.
All Diego Maradona is aware of is that Pakistan haven’t featured at a World Cup.
And for that, he’s in contrast the Argentina Soccer Federation (AFA) with the Pakistan Soccer Federation (PFF), apparently implying that his nation’s federation is as incompetent.
This isn’t shocking in any respect as a result of the previous World Cup winner desires to be the Argentina nationwide workforce coach on the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
In an interview with German journal Sport Bild, the person who led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup expressed his frustrations for being sacked because the ‘Albiceleste’ coach after their 2010 FIFA World Cup debacle after they have been crushed 4-Zero by Germany within the quarter-finals.
“The AFA has played dirty tricks on me. I should have also been the Argentina coach at the  World Cup. But the current leaders of the association understand as much about football as Pakistan does,” he mentioned.
“They do not have a clue in any respect.
“To make clear: There are definitely many good issues in Pakistan, however I’ve by no means seen them play a World Cup closing.
“I say: The current association leaders in Argentina are the same as Pakistan.”
And whereas the social media goes loopy over what Maradona mentioned, lets simply pause for a minute and see what the Pakistan Soccer Federation has been doing over time.
Is it actually that unhealthy? No, it isn’t.
Whereas it’s straightforward to sit down again and, as a armchair critic, counsel that soccer hasn’t grown in Pakistan and nothing has been performed by the PFF, it’s time to get the details straight.
The PFF, headed by Faisal Saleh Hayat, has been working the Pakistan Premier Soccer League (PPFL) for the final ten years.
Within the final decade, not a single season has been missed, and that too regardless of the federation working on grants from FIFA and AFC.
During the last three years, Khan Analysis Laboratories (KRL) have been champions.
Final season, they grew to become the primary membership workforce from Pakistan to achieve the ultimate of an AFC competitors after they have been overwhelmed finalists within the AFC President’s Cup – the continent’s third-tier membership competitors.
This season, if KRL get by the primary spherical of the President’s Cup, they’ll qualify for subsequent 12 months’s AFC Cup – Asia’s model of the Europa League.
Final month Kyrgyzstan’s Dordoi Dynamo signed KRL’s star attackers Mohammad Adil and Kaleemullah.
Each now have an opportunity at a greater future.
May they’ve performed that with out the PPFL?
“The current PFF setup is working towards lifting the standard of football step by step,” KRL head-coach Tariq Lutfi instructed Daybreak.com.
“It would be foolish to expect them to turn things overnight but we should support them in their endeavours because they at least have ensured a proper football structure in the country,” provides the UEFA A-Licensed coach, who can be, arguably, Pakistan’s most adorned coach.
Not solely is the PFF organizing the league, nevertheless it’s additionally attempting to deal with youth soccer and ladies’s soccer.
Pakistan have been the winners of the inaugural SAFF U-16 Championship in 2011.
There’s a PFF Ladies’s Championship which is held yearly and this 12 months, Pakistan will host the SAFF Ladies’s Championship.
The PFF has managed to do all that regardless of inner turmoil and unrest within the nation, regardless of the specter of militant insurgency, and, most significantly, regardless of a scarcity of sponsorship for a majority of its tournaments.
The PFF obtained essentially the most ‘Aspiring Member Association’ award by AFC final 12 months they usually plan to launch academies all all through the nation by FIFA’s aim tasks by subsequent 12 months. And not less than they’ve a goal to attain – it’s ‘Goal 2022’ by when PFF hope to convey Pakistan workforce within the prime 10 international locations in Asia.
It’s a large process and it gained’t be straightforward however the PFF want our assist – and never undue criticism.
They’ve performed greatest what might be performed given the meagre sources Pakistan get by FIFA’s assist and sports activities grants by the federal government.
The reality is, soccer within the nation can’t develop till native soccer followers turn into followers of Pakistan soccer.
So far as Maradona is worried, he ought to study from Pele on how to not give outlandish statements and be a real gentleman.
So far as the AFA are involved, it’s a case of bitter grapes maybe for Maradona as Argentina certified for the 2014 World Cup beneath coach Alejandro Sabella with a stroll and are put in massive favourites to win it in Brazil!