Pakistan aim to get result from Oman on Thursday

Lahore, 10 November : Pakistan aim to get a result against Oman on Thursday in an attempt to set into 8th finals spot in the 16th Asian Games football tournament in Guangzhou. The match will take place on Thursday, 11 November at Guangdong People’s Stadium during the football event held under Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) at Chinese city Guangzhou. It will be third and final match for both teams in Group F match kicks off at 4 PM PST.

Thailand are brimming with confidence in the Group-F after opening their campaign with a 6-0 win against Pakis while Oman beat Maldives 3-0 on Sunday. On Tuesday, Pakistan drew 0-0 with Maldives while Oman, seen as Thailand’s toughest opponents in the group stage, drew them 1-1. The event is comprised of 24 teams divided into six groups of four teams each with the top two sides from each group plus the four best third placed teams making it into the Round of 16. From there on it would be a knockout tournament to win the gold medal.

“It will be a big test for our boys,” said Omanese coach Al Baluashi Ibrahim Sumar Dilmurad.”I want them to top the group to avoid a strong team in the second round.”

“We played the second match beautifully against Maldives and this makes the players feel confident,” said Pakistani coach Akhtar Mohiuddin. “Our target is to win place as one of the four best third-placed teams and I feel more and more confident that we will reach our goal. I am confident that our players will give their all. We are not underdogs to any team,” he said.”I have told the players that they must try to win and entertain the Chinese fans in the stadium.”

The first international match between Pakistan and Oman was seen at National Cricket Stadium, Karachi during second Quaid-i-Azam International Tournament, ending 0-0 on 24 February 1982. The second encounter saw Oman winning 3-1 in 10th Seoul Asian Games Football event (Group-1) on 27 September 1986. Oman maintained winning streak, beating Pakistan in both legs of 14th Asian Cup 2006: 4-1 at Jinnah Stadium, Islamabad and 5-0 at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat,

Built in 1987, 60,000-capacity Tianhe stadium that hosted the final of the inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1991, will host the final on Thursday, 25 November (7 PM Kick-off).

The coaches of U23 football teams Pakistan and Oman – Akhtar Mohiuddin, Al Balushi Ibrahim (Oman)– have announced their squads for Thursday, 11 November 2010 clash in 16th Asian Games Football Tournament at Guangzhou (China). The match will be kicked off at 4 PM Pakistan Time.

Following are two teams:

Pakistan :

Jaffar Khan (Army) C, Amir Gul (NBP), Umer Farooq (KESC), Samar Ishaq (KRL) VC, Ahsan Ullah (PEL), Aurangzaib (HBL), Muhammad Ahmed (WAPDA), Atif Bashir (Barry Town), Haider Ali ( WAPDA), Mehmood Khan (KRL), Yasir Afridi (KRL), Muhammad Adil (KRL), Muhammad Tauseef (Islamabad), Abbas Ali (NBP), Zain Ullah (WAPDA), Kalim Ullah Khan (KRL), Rizwan Asif (KRL), Saddam Hussain (NBP), Shani Qayum (Ossett Town FC), Faraz Ahmed (Nottingham). Coach : Akhtar Mohiuddin

Oman :

JABER Mohnmed Saghayar, ISSA Muheeb Azat, AL ALAWI Khalil Ibrahim Abdullah, BAIT NASIB Aman, HUSSAIN Ali Farah Hadhri, AL-MUKHAINI Al Moatasim, MOHAMMED Saleh AI- Musalami, AL GHEILANI Mohammed, AL SHATRI Amer Said, BAIT FADA Nayef Khamis, AL ZAABI Mahnad Obaid, AL ALAWI Bassam Sbeit, AL MASKARI Nadhir Sloum, AL HINAI Malik Hamed, WALEED Abdallah AiSaadi, ABDUL HADI Abdullah Saleh, AL RAJAIBI Basim, BAMASILA Badar Nasib Saleem, AL BATTASHI Bassam majid, AL ALAWI Sabeit Juma . Coach : AL BALUSHI Ibrahim Sumar Dimurad