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Indian football team to tour Pakistan in June

January 06, 2005 13:46 IST

India is expected to tour Pakistan for its first ever football series in the country in June, Pakistan Football Federation officials said.

"The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has decided to send their team to Pakistan in June this year to play the first ever three-match series between the two countries," PFF's director technical Lt-Col (retd.) Mujahidullah Khan said.

The Indian team was earlier slated to visit Islamabad in February on the invitation of PFF Secretary General Arshad Khan Lodhi but the All India Football Federation had deferred the tour citing their busy domestic circuit.

The officials of the two countries had met last month at Kuala Lumpur where AIFF Secretary General Alberto Colaco informed about India's decision to postpone the tour.

Colaco had promised to send their team later after his Pakistan counterpart Agha Liaquat had expressed disappointment over the decision.

"Now, the Indian Federation has agreed to undertake the first ever tour to Pakistan, which would also be the first ever series between the two countries, in June 2005," Liaquat was quoted as saying in the 'The News' on Thursday.

Although the AIFF was keen to play three matches, the PFF was insisting on five matches as it wanted to hold a match at every provincial capital at Lahore, Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar and Islamabad.

"Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad will host the matches if the series consists of three games," he added.

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