Legendary English footballer Michael Owen arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday to promote football in the country.
The former striker will take part in a number of football-related events while also meeting senior officials including Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief of Staff General Kamal Bajwa. He will also attend a dinner hosted by President Arif Alvi.
Owen, 42, will also lay the foundation stone for a football stadium in Karachi on January 26.
The former Real Madrid player will also appear on Samaa TV’s Game Set Match for sports at 5:00pm PST today.
The Chester-born man scored 118 goals in 216 appearances for Liverpool between 1196 and 2004. After leaving Liverpool, he scored another 13 goals in 36 appearances for Real Madrid. During his illustrious career, he also played for Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City. He also scored 40 goals in 89 appearances for the England national team.
Owen’s arrival in Pakistan is part of a collaboration between Global Soccer Ventures (GSV) and Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Kamyab Jawan programme. The collaboration “offers the talented youth in Pakistan the dreams of playing football in world-class stadiums and advance their skills at the home of football in the United Kingdom”, according to a press release issued by Global Soccer Ventures (GSV), last month.
Nationwide grassroots talent hunt programme in Pakistan will also be conducted with the help of a UEFA-licensed coaching team, from Europe, by GSV.