Footballer Ian Rush calls on HC prior to his trip to Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD, Apr 17 (APP):High Commissioner of Pakistan to United Kingdom, Mohammad Nafees Zakaria Wednesday warmly received the legendary footballer, Ian Rush MBE, who called on him prior to his trip to Pakistan this week.

Ian Rush, Liverpool FC Global Ambassador will be promoting grassroots football in Pakistan. He will also be supporting aspiring young footballers so that they can achieve their full potential in this popular sport.

Ian Rush was accompanied by Wasim Ahmed, CEO of The Oxford Creative Hub, said a message received here.

Nafees Zakaria lauded, Ian Rush initiative and said that Pakistan had a sizeable talented youth population, who could be inspired and engaged in sports like football at the professional level.

He mentioned that Pakistan was already part of the world of football sport as world’s best footballs were manufactured in Sialkot.

FIFA World Cup had declared Pakistani football as its official football for FIFA 2014 and 2018 World Cup.

The High Commissioner assured support to Ian Rush and his team in their endeavour towards promoting sport activities in Pakistan.

Ian Rush MBE is regarded as one of the greatest Liverpool players. His aim is to facilitate grassroots football globally. He will be setting up his football foundation IR9 to promote the game in Pakistan.