Karachi: Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan announced a sum of Rs100,000 for ailing former Pakistan football team captain Abdul Ghafoor. Governor Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan who is also the founder and patron of Legend Trust directed the Trust to arrange a stipend from the Legend’s Trust Fund, too.
Abdul Ghafoor, more popularly known as ‘Majna’ and the ‘Pakistani Pele’ was unopposed captain of the Pakistan football team for 11 years (1974 to 1985).
He suffered brain haemorrhage four years ago and has been paralyzed ever since. Although he mostly played in the midfield he was tried in all other positions, too, except for goalkeeper.
He was mostly an all-rounder and had many offers to play for clubs in many countries including India, Russia, Saudi Arabia and China, but he turned them down in favour of playing in his country and for his country, and was a member of the famous Dhaka Mohammedan Club in the former East Pakistan.
After the fall of Dhaka, several players from Karachi’s Lyari were taken on by the club on his recommendation.
Under Abdul Ghafoor’s captaincy the Pakistan team beat the national teams of Russia, UAE and China. Bearing a remarkable resemblance to Brazil’s Pele, he was also called the ‘Pakistani Pele’. When the real Pele heard about him, he expressed his desire to meet his double, but the two have yet to meet.
Seventy-five years of age now and also being a retired KPT employee, he has been seeing doctors at the KPT Hospital, who seem quite unable to provide him with the kind of treatment he badly needs. That’s when hearing the legendary player’s plight the Governor Sindh had announced help for the ailing footballer.
For more information, contact:
Sindh Governor House
Syed Wajahat Ali
Press Secretary to Governor
Tel: 99201217, 99201201-3