Seven Embassies, eight teams and pretty much every continent in the world playing 6 a side football. These type of world events are all part of just another day, really, Leisure Leagues in Pakistan.
The Jinnah Sports Complex in Islamabad provided a stunning backdrop for the matches, which saw a one day tournament taking place for various embassies and consulates in Pakistan earlier this week.
Organised by Leisure Leagues Pakistan on behalf of World Group, the matches were attended by Anas Trunkwala, World Group CEO, with the guest of honour being His Excellency Mr. Dimitris Hatzopoulos, the Greek Ambassador to Pakistan (pictured in the middle above).
Brazil, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Nigeria, were just some of the countries involved, with other combined teams from Europe rounding out the tournament – which was eventually won by the squad from Thailand.
As always, though, it wasn’t necessarily about the outcome. More, it is about the continued growth of football throughout the world. Indeed, Mr. Hatzopoulos was quick to draw parallels between the roots the Trunkwala’s, Leisure Leagues and World Group are laying down and what happened in his own country 15 years before.“In the summer of 2004, the then unknown national team of Greece won the pan-European football tournament, having never won a game before.
“Our success gave rise the famous sporting slogan, impossible is nothing.”
The Ambassador then wondered whether Pakistan could repeat the feat in Crete this autumn, adding: “I wish success to the Pakistan national team….”
Further he said: “I am grateful to the Trunkwala family for organising this diplomatic tournament and look forward to the 2019 World Cup in my home of Greece.”Back to Blog