Amid imminent FIFA ban, Yumna Zaidi and Mahira Khan lend support to women footballers in Pakistan

Supporting the cause

Last week, the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) headquarters was attacked in Lahore, leading the FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee (NC) to be physically harmed. As a result, the ongoing Women’s Championship taking place in Karachi was cancelled by the committee. Later, FIFA warned of suspending the PFF if its secretariat in Lahore was not handed back to the NC. Following the drastic events, many football enthusiasts in Pakistan expressed their concern. Pakistani footballer Hajra Khan, who is the captain of the women’s national football team, took to Instagram and shared how it will harm the future of football, particularly women’s football, in Pakistan. “Today we stand our ground, and we stand it together!” she captioned her post which included a detailed press statement. Yumna Zaidi took this opportunity to raise her voice for the women players. “Sports are essential for a society to remain healthy and provide us with the heroes we so desperately need to look up to and represent our country. At present, the current Pakistan women’s national football team seems to be going through a host of issues and I want to appeal to whoever is listening to please help them. We need them to shine,” Yumna posted on her Instagram. Following her, Mahira Khan also shared Hajra’s video clip on Instagram and wrote: “Respect the game!!! Respect the players!!”