Pakistani players and the world of football

Ali El Jishi 02:10 PM | 31 Jan, 2023
Pakistani players and the world of football
Source: IRNA

The world of football is a very complicated one. Wherever you go, one thing that I have particularly observed regarding football paths for young players is that these are very unclear and confusing. Very often aspiring players are at a loss at finding the right direction. They are clueless about how to begin their soccer careers and advance from one step to the next. Very few academies or clubs provide holistic development for young players. Either they are very commercialized or not professional enough. I believe soccer is so much more than just a game and that is how it must be treated. Throughout the years of my experience, I have discovered many broken and unprofessional football systems.

One of the most challenging and interesting scenarios is certainly that of Pakistan. The country is brimming with talent and needs to be channelled in the right direction. Pakistan is a country of more than 225.2 million people. Around 6 million kids play football. The country has a lot of potential and many natural street players. Lyari in Karachi, for example, boasts of a lot of football talent and when the skill is nurtured in the right hands you can produce legendary players. Take the example of cricket in Pakistan. The country has been the world champion and given the world some world-class players, only because due attention was given to it. In football also there is no dearth of talent. The need of the hour is to allow young talent to develop and realize their full potential.

Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) is making a lot of effort to help aspiring players at a grassroots level and the effort is translating into positive outcomes. The women's team recently won a match against Maldives and now hopes are running high. Currently, there are many professional young coaches who are playing their part and taking the young players in the right direction. Adeel Rizki has good experience and is quite enthusiastic to groom young talent and take them to the next level. Knowing about his training methods left us with a feeling of trust that football in Pakistan is indeed in good hands. Another name worth mentioning is the young coach, Walid Javaid. He believes the human mind is the most powerful tool and uses it to further his learning. With such positive mindsets and encouraging guiding forces the future looks promising enough and the football market is worth investing in.

 In the past, we have had plenty of coaches from Pakistan approach us in Dubai who wanted to expand their careers further. They had the technical know-how and were keen to excel in the field. Now we are bringing TFA to Pakistan. We believe the time is right and the market is perfect for us to venture in because it is growing and represents numerous opportunities.

We, at TFA-EPC(Elite Performance Centre), have years of experience that can help young players find a way forward. Since football is the most popular sport in the world, those with talent must be given opportunities to develop and shine. We want to give players with exceptional qualities the opportunity to come forward and climb their way to the top. If you have the talent, then you deserve to be at the top and we can help you get there.

Ali El Jishi
Ali El Jishi

The writer is a technical director at The Football Academy (TFA) EPC.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 23, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on March 23, 2023 (Thursday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.1 286.15
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 343.5 347
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.4 76.2
Australian Dollar AUD 187 189.4
Bahrain Dinar BHD 749.55 757.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 205 207.2
China Yuan CNY 40.91 41.31
Danish Krone DKK 40.77 41.17
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.92 36.27
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 2.06 2.11
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 919.22 928.22
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.85 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 176.66 178.66
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 731.97 739.97
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.43 78.13
Singapore Dollar SGD 208 210
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 305.12 307.62
Thai Bhat THB 8.19 8.34

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 23 March 2023

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 203,800 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,730.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Karachi PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Islamabad PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Peshawar PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Quetta PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Sialkot PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Attock PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Gujranwala PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Jehlum PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Multan PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Bahawalpur PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Gujrat PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Nawabshah PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Chakwal PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Hyderabad PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Nowshehra PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Sargodha PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Faisalabad PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Mirpur PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350


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