English footballer Michael Owen laid the foundation of a football stadium at NED University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi.
A large crowd of students, teachers, and football fans attended the ceremony at the NED University of Engineering and Technology. The first football stadium is the joint venture of GSV Pakistan and NED University.
GSV is looking to organize the Pakistan Football League — the first franchise football league in the country. GSV has signed Michael Owen as its global brand ambassador. They have also inked a US$12 million deal with the NED University to create a modern soccer city in Karachi.
According to a statement from the NED University, Karachi:
“They will build football stadium Karachi in accordance with the infrastructure standards of the European Football Association.”
Addressing the ceremony at NED, Michael Owen said:
“The passion of Pakistanis for the sport is amazing. Pakistan is a wonderful country for football.”
Michael Owen also expressed pleasure at being a part of the “historic” transformation of the sport in the country.
Today, Michael Owen will attend the inaugural ceremony of the PSL 7 at the National Stadium Karachi. He will also visit the Lyari Town area in Karachi. Lyari town is also known as “mini Brazil” for the passion of its locals for football.
According to a statement from the army’s media wing:
Michael Owen also met Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi last Tuesday
About Michael Owen football legend
The government of Pakistan invited Michael Owen to Pakistan to promote football. Michael Owen also participated in hunting talented players in the football trials under the Kamyab Jawan sports drive.
Michael Owen has played for Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Manchester United in his career.
Previously, Michael Owen also signed a 3-year deal to become the official ambassador of the Pakistan Football League (PFL). He signed this deal in September 2021. Michael Owen will take part in grooming the talent in Pakistan.
In Pakistan, Football is a popular sport among rural residents. But due to lack of care and growth of players and talent in Pakistan, the national football team is ranked 200th in the FIFA World Rankings. Otherwise, cricket is the dominant sport of the country.