Baluchistan over the years have faced many difficult circumstances and has been engulfed by of a wave of terrorism. Despite the difficult hours Baluchistan has always risen and now with CPEC it is building a road towards prosperity. Despite the trying time that this province has seen, a tale of inspiration and hard work arises that revolves around Fazal Muhammad, a 21 years old football player who resides in District Khuzdar, Baluchistan and is a part of Pakistan’s National Football Team.
Fazal Muhammad is the third of the seven brothers in his family and is a major bread earner. Footballers are given PKR 1500-2000 per day on their brief visit which makes it necessary for most of them to hold a permanent second job to support themselves and their families. Thus, he also works as an auto mechanic in a workshop. Passion truly doesn’t see circumstances as Fazal’s love for football can’t keep him away from the field. Despite the lack of facilities and everyday financial battles Fazal’s football career has blossomed and prospered.
He started his football career in 2004 and worked towards crafting and polishing his skills through persistent training. In 2010 Fazal scored two goals against Afghanistan and Kuwait each in the regional tournament and thus, made his way into National Football Team. Fazal draws inspiration from Waseem Jhang, a popular footballer in Khuzdar and Lionel Messi, an Argentinian professional footballer and aspires to play like them.
Fazal has a very limited spare time and enjoys it by socialising with his friends in Khuzdar. He has developed great relationships with senior football players who helped to introduce him to the district and national football teams. The major challenges he faced growing up were the lack of standard football grounds, coaches, clubs that could’ve helped and guided him to better his skills as a footballer. He even had to travel to Karachi to buy specialised shoes to play football.
Fazal Muhammad through his words wants to spread the message of hard work and commitment among the young up and coming players. He advises them to eat healthy to stay in good shape throughout their training and to refrain from any such activities that can be proven injurious to health as smoking or chewing tobacco. He also urges them to respect their seniors and listen to their suggestions especially when it comes to football techniques. For Fazal sky is the limit and he advises young players to aim for the stars.