Pakistan’s first football academy in Peshawar

Pakistan’s first ever football academy will start functioning in the last week of August in Peshawar, said a spokesman for the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) on Friday. "With the establishment of country’s first ever football academy the game will be organised on modern lines," he added, as quoted by Daily Times.

He said the decision to set up the academy was taken during a meeting held at the Pakistan Sports Board: "The meeting observed that football, a popular and a common man’s sport across the world, was a source of pride for Pakistan once. And the present state of soccer in Pakistan is very dismal."

The spokesman said the proposal of establishing a football academy in Peshawar was floated by NWFP Chief Minister Muhammad Akram Durani.