Football stars Ricardo Kaka and Luis Figo are set to visit Pakistan next month as the federal government has issued visas to the duo, a local media outlet reported.
According to the report, an official of the sports management company Touchsky Group confirmed that both the footballers will be in Pakistan for a promotional activity ahead of their planned football action.
Earlier, the visit looked under a cloud after Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry was quoted by a news agency as saying that the country had denied visas to the duo. “We refused a visa to [Brazil’s] Kaka and [Portugal’s] Figo. Can you believe that? I called the section officer and he never heard of Kaka. I spoke to the interior secretary yesterday and gave him a piece of my mind,” Fawad was quoted as saying by Reuters.
However, Fawad later clarified that visas were not denied and only passports were returned.
“Actually not denied but [passports were] just returned. The passports will be issued by tomorrow and they are coming to Pakistan in January,” the information minister confirmed.
The two were formally invited to Pakistan to announce a series of friendly games planned in April, and according to Hasan Rao of Touchsky, more stars are likely to join.
“This event is going to be a big event for Pakistan football. Figo and Kaka will be here next month to announce more details about the event which will be held in Pakistan in April,” Rao said.
“I am not in a position to reveal further details, but I can confirm that Karachi and Lahore are set to host some big football names and it will surely help us portray a very positive message from Pakistan.”
The official also said the foreign players will be welcomed by Prime Minister Imran Khan in the capital.