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Khurram was one of the main referees in the Pakistan Premier League and PFF Leagues. -Photo Credit: footballpakistan.com

ISLAMABAD: The newly-listed FIFA Referee Khurram Shahzad will supervise a football match between Pakistan and Palestine at Lahore's Punjab Stadium on March 1.

The Palestinian football team will play a four-match series in Pakistan.

Khurram Shahzad, 30, who was born in Kohat, got the honour of becoming a FIFA referee on January 1.

His assistants in the event will be Muhammad Ali Jr, Shafaat Habib and the 4th official will be Waheed Murad.

Khurram was one of the main referees in the Pakistan Premier League and PFF Leagues.

He supervised the Karachi Energy and Quetta Zorawar final at the Peoples Sports Complex on July 31, 2010 and was also voted the “Best SFL Referee.”

He was the Best Referee in National Under-14 Championship at Lahore 2007 and in the Inter-Club Women Championship a year later in Islamabad.

“Referees who have a FIFA badge are entitled to officiate at FIFA and AFC fixtures, both at club and international level. I hope that they will keep their fitness level and refereeing for the rest of the year.” Pakistan Football Federation (PFF)'s President Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat told APP.

“The work of these officials would be constantly monitored and the matches awarded to Khurram and Naseer are part of the monitoring and it is mandatory that each of them shows consistent high-level performance,” said Faisal.

“The quality of the game also plays a major role in the development of refereeing. No referee in the world can claim to be the best in the world. One can only become a good referee when one makes the least number of mistakes,” he added.


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