ISLAMABAD - Muslim Hands, a charity working organization, will be sending a few players of the triumphant third-ranked Pakistan street children team to England for their expert training in order to groom the young boys.

This was stated by ex-Federal Minister Noorul Haq Qadri, Muslim Hands Country Director Ziaul Noor and Azad Foundation Director Amjad Rasool while addressing a press conference here at the National Press Club (NPC) on Wednesday. They were accompanied by the street children team.

Azad Foundation Director Amjad Rasool said street children football team started their countrywide tour to inspire other children. "Believe me, we used to ask each other how could it be possible for us to go to Brazil and play in the football world cup," he said.

"Even when Azad Foundation and Muslim Hands processed all our documents and told us that you're going to represent Pakistan in the world cup, the players couldn't believe what they heard. Finally, the day came when they flew to Rio de Janeiro and played against other teams and clinched the third position by beating the US," he added.

He further said: “Most of the families living in Mauripur are poor and the emphasis on education is lacking in that areas. Most of the children roam in the streets and play football there, instead of going to school. When Azad Foundation, a social welfare organisation, along with Muslim Hands, a charity working globally to alleviate poverty, announced a football training camp for street children, 125 players from Mauripur as well as other areas participated. Around 14 of these players were shortlisted and nine of them were then selected. Muslim Hands sponsored these street children to go to Brazil and take part in the international event and we are happy they made us proud."

"Our children are very talented, and they need proper training and encouragement to excel at international level and earn laurels for the country," he added.

Country head Muslim Hands Ziaul Noor and ex-federal minister Noorul Qadri were also present on the occasion. Zia announced to sponsor four kids of street child football team, who had performed exceptionally well in Brazil, and will send them to UK for getting latest training and will ensure they play in Britain club league to further nourish their talent.