FIFA satisfied with PFF’s progress over elections

PFF NC met FIFA and AFC officials in Thailand recently

By Web Desk
May 17, 2024
PFF NC Chairman Haroon Malik (C) met FIFA and AFC officials in Thailand recently during the 34th AFC congress. - PFF

The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Normalisation Committee (NC) confirmed on Thursday that football’s governing body FIFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) are satisfied with the progress made by PFF with regards to elections.

PFF NC met FIFA and AFC officials in Thailand recently during the 34th AFC congress.

“Chairman Haroon Malik, alongside NC members Muhammad Shahid Niaz Khokhar and Saud Hashimi, represented the Pakistan Football Federation Normalisation Committee at the 34th Asian Football Confederation (AFC) congress in Bangkok, Thailand,” PFF said in a statement on its official Instagram account.

“NC Chairman Haroon Malik held discussions with FIFA and AFC officials, updating them on the progress towards the PFF elections. The FIFA and AFC officials expressed satisfaction with the advancement being made by the Pakistan Football Federation regarding transparently conducting the PFF elections,” it added.

The PFF also engaged in fruitful discussions with officials from other countries during the meeting.

“The PFF delegation also engaged in dialogues with officials from Saudi Arabia and Qatar and also held fruitful discussions with the representatives from several countries including Palestine, Syria and Afghanistan,” the statement concluded.

PFF NC’s tenure was supposed to end in March this year but their mandate was extended by FIFA till December 2024. The extension was given to ensure the completion of PFF elections which are facing delays at the district level.

According to FIFA, the mandate of the NC includes the managing of PFF’s daily affairs, ensuring the proper registration and scrutiny of the football clubs in Pakistan, draft and ratify, with the assistance of FIFA and the AFC, an electoral code for the PFF, organise the elections at district followed by provincial levels and conduct the elections of a new PFF executive committee.

The NC was appointed in September 2019 with Humza Khan as the chairman. Meanwhile, current head Haroon Malik and his NC were appointed in January 2021 after Humza's resignation.