Pakistan can participate in low-ranked teams announced by AFC
The condition of Pakistan football is going worst from bad. Pakistan was eliminated from the first round of the World Cup 2018 qualifiers and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup last year.
Pakistan’s defeat against Yemen in March last year with a margin of 3-1 that confirmed a drought of competitive football matches for the next four years for the national team.
There will be very few international matches for Pakistan as the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) does not pay much of a heed to friendly matches.
Saadullah, Pakistan’s winger told in an interview, “The lack of international matches has been hurting us over the last year,” he went on to shed some light over Pakistan’s constant decline in world ranking, “Not only has our FIFA ranking fallen but the players’ fitness too has gone down.”
FIFA announced world ranking last week and Pakistan was ranked at 190 in the world, the worst ranking for Pakistan football has been 192.
One of the reasons behind Pakistan’s embarrassing ranking is the lack of smartness of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF). Pakistan hasn’t participated in any international contest since their loss against Yemen and it had hurt heavily, had PFF showed some smartness, they could have avoided it.
Playing some friendly matches would have helped Pakistan to pass through the safety net. However, it didn’t happen. The AFC Competition committee has given the PFF a lifeline by introducing an international competition for the worst ranked Asian sides.
Pakistan, Nepal, Brunei, Macau, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and two other sides are hoping to participate in the 2-week long soccer tournament that is to be played at a neutral venue.
The tournament will benefit as there will be coaching, refereeing, technical and event management courses will include in the tournament for the participating teams.