Pakistan withdraws from SAFF event due to internal problems

KOLKATA: Pakistan , finalists defeated last year, will be notorious for their absence in the Football Federation of South Asia ( SAFF ) U-15 Championship to be held in Kalyani from August 21 to 31.

Pakistan 's absence, however, is due to issues in the Pakistan Football Federation. " Pakistan had sent their entry for the meet. However, due to some internal problems in their federation, they have withdrawn," said Anwarul Huq, general secretary of SAFF .

He explained that when entries were sought, Pakistan had agreed. But when a letter to reconfirm their entry was sent by SAFF in June, Pakistan said they would not be able to participate.