Karachi: The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has extended an invitation to Argentine legend Diego Maradona to visit the nation and help it in raising the standard of the sport, a day after he compared the state of Argentina Football Association with Pakistan.

Diego Maradona

The 1986 World Cup-winner said his country’s officials knew as much about football as Pakistan. But instead of reacting strongly to Maradona’s comments, Pakistan’s football officials said they were happy that the country’s football was being noticed by a former great like Maradona.

‘We’ll provide security’
“We invite him to visit Pakistan as he is already a football ambassador in Dubai. We’ll provide him state protocol and security. We’d love it if he can come and see our football set up and give us suggestions to further develop and improve it,” PFF official Major Lodhi said.

Pakistan is currently ranked 158th in the FIFA rankings. PFF President, Makhdoom Saleh Faisal Hayat said he would personally send an invitation to Maradona. “Football in developing countries like Pakistan can only improve and progress if legends like Maradona come forward and support us with their suggestions and advice,” he said.

“If he comes it will do a world of good to the profile of the sport in Pakistan and also attract more sponsors and new talent,” Hayat added.