Panjab FA will go head-to-head with England’s C team – made up of the Vanarama National League’s best English players – in a landmark friendly at Solihull Moors` Automated Technology Group Stadium.
Following months of ongoing talks and meetings at St George’s Park, the Panjab FA are pleased to announce a historic landmark in football history.
Panjab FA chairman Harpreet Singh further explains the importance of the fixture by stating: “It’s about celebrating inclusion and diversity and player opportunity for Asian football in Britain as a whole.”
The spirit and commitment to Inclusion is further strengthened by making the fixture free entry for all fans as Singh explains: “It`s something that was on my mind from the moment the game was agreed with the FA back in January 2017. I am so delighted with the game taking place, it is more important to me that all people from different backgrounds, the young, the elderly, people who may never have watched a football match previously, to come to the game and enjoy this unique fixture, the first of its kind.”
Laurence Jones, the FA’s Head of Leagues and Clubs said: “Enabling talented players from every diverse community to play in a match like this just one of the ways we hope to make football truly a game for all. Working with Solihull Moors and Panjab FA we hope this is a well competed game, a family friendly spectacle and something fans will remember for a long time.”
England C, managed by former Stevenage Borough and Barnet boss Paul Fairclough, go into the game most recently having beaten Estonia’s uunder-23 team.
They face the runners-up of the 2016 CONIFA World Cup on May 28th in a 3pm kick-off.
Panjab national team manager Reuben Hazell, who played over 300 League games and captained Oldham Athletic, expressed his delight upon confirmation of the game: “It`s a great game to be involved in as a player or a coach. A good test for the boys and should be a momentous occasion for the Panjab team, considering it’s still less than three years old and where all this started from.”
The objective of Panjab FA is to provide a canvas for the talents of the Panjabi community, and British Asian footballers to progress through the football Pyramid.
In closing, Harpreet Singh said: “I want to take this opportunity to reach out to the whole Panjabi and the wider Asian community; the media and public figures to come together and celebrate this new evolution in football – and our love for Panjab, its history, and the Panjabi identity”.