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14:29 | 2009-07-09


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Iranian Women Footballers to Show Skills on Pakistan Soil

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Women footballers team will show their skills in Pakistan when the country will hold national championship later this month, the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) said.

Pakistan has invited Iranian team to play in the fifth National Women Football Championship from 29 July-11 August 2009 in Islamabad, the PFF said on Wednesday.

Pakistan's top women football teams representing provinces, main cities and several national departments will take part in the tournament, the Islamic republic news agency reported.

It will be fifth time in succession that Islamabad's Jinnah Stadium, that hosted final of 1989 and 2004 SAF Games, has been preferred for the annual women event.

According to Robina Irfan, Chairperson of Pakistan Football Federation (PFF)'s Women Wing, the attraction of the event will be inclusion of Iranian team in same way as 2007 when Afghanistan returned home with silver medals.

"Countries like Pakistan are free to promote women's soccer within the limits of their culture and religion. FIFA gave freedom to the individual countries to develop this sport among their womenfolk within the prescribed parameters of their culture and religion," said Ms. Irfan.

Irfan, who is also member of Islamic Federation of Women Sport (IFWS)'s Medicine Committee and Balochistan Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Robina said FIFA is keen to develop women's football in all countries but nations like Pakistan could retain their traditions like women-only spectators, players wearing full trousers instead of shorts. "In Iran, women play and enjoy football while wearing full Hijab," she said.

"PFF will conduct the fifth national women championship, with organizers hoping the event will inspire up-and-coming female footballers in the Muslim country. With the unprecedented patronage of the PFF, the senior footballers hope the event will create huge interest in the new generation," Robina said.