ISLAMABAD - Pakistan street children soccer team captain Sameer Ahmed Friday said there was no dearth of talent in the country but the only thing, which was lacked behind, was that the shining stars didn’t get due recognition.

Talking to The Nation, Sameer, skipper of Pakistan team which won bronze medal in the World Street Child Football Cup, said: “If the top management in every federation really wants to win medals, then they have to shun policies of personal liking and disliking and instead promoting the deserving one who can bring laurels for the country in international events.” “My selection as skipper of national street child team is a scalp on the faces of those so-called sports lovers, who are sitting at the helm of soccer affairs. Last year, I went for trials of national U-14 team, but due to non-availability of influential backing, I was rejected. I demand Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) president Makdhoom Faisal Saleh Hayat to take stern action against those so-called selectors, who are depriving the country of genuine representation and instead inducting their blue-eyed players in the national squad,” he added.

“The country is full of natural talent. If the PFF top management shuns double standards instead of showering countless benefits on their near and dear ones, Pakistan can make a world standard team within short span of time,” he said.

“The PFF is to be blamed for Pakistan soccer decline, as during the time of national team selection, the selectors completely ignore merit, that is the reason despite having a population in millions, Pakistan soccer team is sitting at 159 in FIFA rankings. The government should also pay attention towards soccer and other sports as well rather than giving priority to cricket only. If merit prevails in the PFF, I can say Pakistan will be among top football playing nations,” Sameer added.

Sharing his experience about Brazil visit, Sameer said: “It was for the very first time all the boys were going abroad and that too in such a high profile event like world cup. We played our natural game with full potential and our hard work paid dividend, as we won bronze medal in the world cup beating top countries team.”

Sharing his views, team coach Abdul Rasheed said: “At least, five players in our team deserve to be immediately drafted into national squad. Abdul Razzaq, who scored four hat tricks in the world cup and scored total 17 goals, Aurangzaib with 8 goals, team captain Sameer Ahmed is an excellent goalkeeper as he didn’t conceded a single goal in league matches during the world cup and Mehr Ali, plays in center, is also a very shinning lad. The PFF should take advantage from the situation and invite these players for the camp.”