Karachi: Former Pakistan football skipper Ali Nawaz said he was delighted to receive Asian Football Confederation AFC Distinguished Service Award and added that such honors for former athletes gives them immense pleasure.
“There is not much remuneration for footballers in Pakistan as compared to other countries and also as compared to cricket and hockey. But such awards are our life time achievements and moments like this give us the feeling that we didn’t wasted our lives,” Ali Nawaz said.
AFC Ordinary Congress 2013 will present AFC Awards to all those officials, who have given their valuable services for the development and promotion of football in the continent. The ceremony will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 3.
From Pakistan, AFC has chosen Ali Nawaz for AFC Gold Star Award, Qazi Muhammad Asif also for AFC Gold Star Award, Haroon Yousuf for AFC Silver Star Award and Tanveer Ahmed for AFC Bronze Star Award.
Ali Nawaz captained Pakistan in 1974. He played as professional player from 1974 to 1977. He served Pakistan Football Federation PFF for 16 years as Vice President. He served as the member of AFC Expert Committee from 19901993. He is also holder of President’s Pride of Performance Award.
“I have served football in Pakistan for around forty odd years. Although I can’t say I am a rich person but I thanked Allah for the respect he has given me as a footballer,” Ali Nawaz said.
Ali Nawaz will leave for Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday to attend the ceremony and receive the prestigious award. Other officials will receive their awards in Pakistan.
Qazi Muhammad Asif played for Pakistan from 1981 to 1985. He is currently the President of Pakistan Football Referee Association PFRA from 1997. Since 2002 is the member of PFF EXCO. He served as FIFA referee from 1988 to 1996.
Haroon Yousuf played for Pakistan from 1991 to 2003. Tanveer Ahmed played for Pakistan from 1993 to 2008.