Joining the coveted line up of international players in the “Ronaldinho and Friends’ squad coming to Pakistan in summer this year to play an exhibition match under Leisure Leagues, is the former Chelsea legend John Terry. This was announced by Shahzeb Mehmood Trunkwala, the President World Group in a ceremony in Karachi.
John Terry is one of the most decorated players in Football history. In his role as the England and Chelsea Captain, he has five Premiere League, four FA Cup, one Champions Leagues, and one UEFA Europe League titles to his name.
UK’s largest amateur football league, Leisure Leagues, a company of World Group (Trunkwala’s) has announced a long term plan for all football enthusiasts to be part of their 5, 6 and 7-a-side football in Pakistan. Leisure Leagues Pakistan is a nationwide initiative to bring football in the country and create a platform for the local talent of Pakistan.
“Bringing international players of this stature to Pakistan is a step towards building the country’s image globally. At home, we want to empower our local talent and create a platform that gives every individual a chance to play football and groom their skills. We want the youth of Pakistan to pursue their passion for football without any hardship and eventually to showcase their talents internationally”, told Mr. Mehmood Trunkwala, the Chairman World Group.
COO Leisure Leagues Pakistan Mr. Ishaq Shah said “Our aim is to ensure a nationwide platform for football players in Pakistan. We will provide the complete infrastructure to sustain football as a sport in Pakistan.” He assured the Ronaldinho & Friends is not just a one off thing and that Leisure Leagues have many such events planned for Pakistan.
The chief guest of the event and speaker Senate Mr. Raza Rabbani congratulated Trunkwala and said, “I congratulate Mr. Mehmood Trunkwala and Leisure Leagues and World Group team for taking this initiative. This initiative is a turning point for the youth of Pakistan. Pakistan has immense talent for many sports. To see that football in Pakistan is evolving with Trunkwala family and Leisure Leagues creating this platform to strengthen the local teams’ prowess is commendable. It is indeed a massive plan to have come from private sector and Government of Pakistan is ready to support it wholeheartedly. This venture is of great patriotic value which will create opportunities for Pakistanis and soften the image of the country in the world.”