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    Tri-nation soccer series cancelled as India withdraw

    KARACHI, Feb 5: Organizers have cancelled next month's tri- nation soccer tournament in Dubai due to refusal from India, the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF), disclosed on Monday.

    The All India Football Federation (AIFF), has expressed its inability to send their team which will be playing their Group's World Cup qualifying matches in April, secretary PFF, Agha Liaquat Ali, said.

    The organizers had no option but to shelve the idea as the tournament has lost its charm and was not expected financially viable event after the withdrawal of India.

    Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka were slated to play in the series as per announcement by the PFF last July.

    The PFF official dispelled the impression that the decision came after the refusal by the Indian government to send its cricket team to play in a series against Pakistan in Sharjah.

    The Sharjah-based Cricketers Benefit Fund Series (CBFS) were to host the series this month to generate funds for the victims of earthquake which rocked the Indian state of Gujarat last month. Pakistan, India and Bangladesh were scheduled to play in the tournament.

    "According to the Indians, they don't want to take risk ahead of their World Cup qualifiers and have backed out. They don't want their players to get injured before the qualifiers," the secretary PFF, said.

    Bangladesh were also interested to take part in the Dubai event but PFF wanted it to be a three-nation event.

    Earlier, the fate of the series couldn't be decided due to internal bickering and creation of a rival faction of the AIFF, said the secretary PFF.

    PFF UNDECIDED

    The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has named the team manager for next month's England tour but are yet to decide about the coach.

    The PFF has appointed its vice-president, Ali Nawaz Baloch, as team manager for the tour, but didn't name the coach.

    So far thirty of the 32 probables have reported for training in Islamabad. The camp is being supervized by junior team coach, John Layton, since Jan 22, following the sacking of senior coach, David Burns, last month.

    The junior coach had to take over charge of the senior camp as Burns's replacement is yet to arrive.

    Pakistan are slated to play Bury on March 21, and Coventry City on March 25 in London.

    Secretary PFF, Agha Liaquat Ali, said the British coach will select and submit the team within couple of days. The federation will also announce the coach for the tour the same day.

    On the other hand, Layton has been assigned by the PFF to conduct "C" licence coaching course in NWFP (February) and Sindh and Balochistan (March).

    If the PFF sticks to its plan of holding the course, which is being delayed for several months, Layton, won't be able to accompany the England-bound team which leaves for England on March 17.

    At least ten of the camp trainees are from the junior side which is under the wings of the British coach for the last one year.

    Sources say the PFF were bent upon sending a local coach rather than the Britisher but changed their mind later.

    "One thing is for sure that local official will go with the team who might travel as assistant coach. Some four to five names are being considered and decision will be taken after (PFF) president's approval," the secretary PFF, said.
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    Come on... it's only a sport. Don't take it as life. Play the game, and have fun. Football got a nobal peace prize i believe for uniting hated countries of war together. Now if India doesn't want to try, that's sad.

    On the other note, I don't have the article of which they sacked the British coach, but on this article it says he's fired. At least their using the successful U^19 coach for which Pakistan did VERY good in. Also using lot of younger players and not the older, rude ones that got the English coach Burns fired previously.

    If Pakistan play with the same tatics they did in the U^19 and stay united as friends with the British coaches and staff, then Pakistan can get past their group table for the second round for the World Cup Qualifiers.

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    intresting topic,i would hav like to see this tourament go ahead,but there is always a partypopper. Anyway there supposed to be this player from england playing for pakistan, he's from my city,he is the best asian player in da city , but dont know if he really plays for em. Maybe u kow if any players from england play 4 pakistan

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