Palestinian football team to tour Pakistan (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) LAHORE, Pakistan 01/03/11 9:35 am ET)
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LAHORE, Pakistan (AFP) – The Palestinian national football side is to
tour Pakistan next month, an official said, as the hosts ramp up
efforts to bring back international sport to a country plagued by
"Palestine´s national football team is due to tour Pakistan and will
play a two-match series and this series will help us revive
international sport," Pakistan Football Federation president Faisal
Salah Hayat told reporters.
International teams have refused to tour Pakistan since gunmen
attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore nearly two years ago,
killing eight people and wounding seven Sri Lankan players and their
Pakistan has been forced to play its cricket series on neutral venues
including England and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Hayat said the Palestinian team will play in the eastern city of
Lahore on February 27 and Karachi on March 2.
"After the two-match series, Pakistan will tour Palestine in March
where another two-match series will be played," said Hayat.
Hayat told reporters on Sunday that Iran, Malaysia, Oman, South Korea
and the UAE had also agreed to play Pakistan.
"Hopefully Malaysia will tour Pakistan in March this year and we have
a planned tour of South Korea in August-September this year and these
series will help us prepare for 2014 World Cup qualifying rounds,"
Pakistan, ranked 171 in FIFA (International Football Federation)
rankings, has never qualified for World Cup main rounds.
Washington has called Pakistan´s northwest tribal belt on the Afghan
border the global headquarters of Al-Qaeda, and bomb attacks across
the country have killed around 4,000 since July 2007. (Copyright ©
2011 Agence France Presse. 01/03/11)
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