Pakistan footballer Munir Aftab passes away

The 26-year-old died due to kidney failure

By Web Desk
April 26, 2023
Aftab also represented Pakistan at the U14 and U15 level — PFF

Pakistan footballer Munir Aftab, who was also the former captain of the U16 national team, passed away on Tuesday due to kidney failure.

Munir spent his last days at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT), where he was put on a ventilator due to deteriorating health condition.

The 26-year-old footballer’s funeral prayers took place at the Baghdari Mosque, Saifi Lane, with the burial at Mewa Shah Cemetery yesterday.

Under Aftab’s leadership, Pakistan won the 2011 SAFF U16 Championship in Nepal.

Pakistan players celebrate after winning the 2011 SAFF U16 Championship — PFF

The Lyari-born, which is known as the hub for football in Pakistan, defender starting playing the game at the age of five.

Aftab participated in the U13 football festival in Iran when he was only 12-year-old. He also represented Pakistan at the U14 and U15 level. 

He was also among three Pakistan footballers, who travelled to Abu Dhabi and attended a month-long training camp at the Manchester United Soccer School in 2012. 

"The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has expressed its deepest condolences over the sad demise of Munir Aftab, the ex-national Junior Football Team captain," the PFF said in a statement.

"The FIFA Normalisation Committee is extremely saddened by the unfortunate news of the sad demise of Pakistan football’s star player who has left the whole football fraternity of Pakistan aghast.

"The football family shall always remember his contribution to this beautiful game."