Ronald­inho, Giggs ar­rive in Pak­istan

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -


Ronald­inho and Ryan Giggs were among soccer stars to ar­rive in Pak­istan yes­ter­day to play ex­hi­bi­tion matches which or­ga­niz­ers hope will boost the sport in the coun­try. Dutch­man Ge­orge Boateng, for­mer France play­ers Robert Pires and Ni­co­las Anelka, for­mer Eng­land goal­keeper David James and Por­tu­gal’s Luis Boa Morte flew in via pri­vate jet to the cap­i­tal Is­lam­abad. Brazil­ian Roberto Car­los was ex­pected to ar­rive later for the first seven-a-side ex­hi­bi­tion match in Karachi. The tour has been or­ga­nized by a pri­vate com­pany, World Group, aim­ing to pro­mote foot­ball in Pak­istan, which is No. 200 out of 211 in FIFA rank­ings. La­hore will host the second ex­hi­bi­tion to­day. Pak­istan has not hosted a ma­jor for­eign team in any sports since an at­tack on the Sri Lankan cricket team’s bus in La­hore in 2009. “For us it’s a big mo­ment,” Pak­istan foot­ball cap­tain Kaleemul­lah said. “We didn’t ever dream that such big stars will come to Pak­istan.

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