Keen to shine a spotlight on the underrepresented footballing talent in Pakistan, Brazillian football legend Ronaldinho, Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs and five other international football stars arrived in Islamabad.
The five international players accompanying Ronaldinho and Giggs are: Dutch star George Boateng, former England goalkeeper David James, former French players Robert Pires and Nicolas Anelka, and Portugal’s Luis Boa Morte.
The visiting players will play two exhibition matches in the country. Ronaldinho and Ryan Giggs are each to lead one of the two teams. In addition to the international stars, the teams will also consist of Pakistan’s emerging football talent.
The football stars arrived at the Benazir International Airport, in on a special plane and were escorted out of the airport to a private hotel in Islamabad under tight security.
Army Chief Gen Qamar Jawed Bajwa, along with notables from Pakistan’s political sphere, were expected to welcome the team in person.
The two matches will be played in two of Pakistan’s largest cities; the first game is scheduled to kickoff tonight at 8:30pm in Karachi at the Abdul Sattar Edhi National Hockey Stadium.
The players will then head to Fortress Stadium, Lahore to play the second game of the weekend on Sunday at 5pm.
The 2018 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) annual conference is scheduled for April 8 to 11 in Boao, Hainan Province. The forum will be themed "An Open and Innovative Asia for a World of Greater Prosperity."
— The Daily Mail - People's Daily