Pakistan look to win Nepal series

Pakistan vs Nepal series Feb 2013

KARACHI: Pakistan football team will be looking to win the two-match series when it will face Nepal in their friendly game in Kathmandu on Saturday (today). The match starts at 1:30 PST.

The Greenshirts, who had defeated Nepal 1-0 the other day, are expected to face stiff challenge from the hosts who had gone down in the opener despite dominating the game.

Pakistan coach Zavisa Milosavljevic said that he once again expected a fine show from his boys.

“We have already won the first game which has instilled a lot of confidence in the players and tomorrow I really expect from the players to confirm the quality what we need ahead of the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers,” Zavisa told ‘The News’ from Kathmandu on Friday.

He said that all the players were fit and ready for the showdown.

“There is no fitness problem to any one and all the players are fitter and enthusiastic about the game and we also expect a huge crowd as was seen during the first show,” said the coach.

Heavy showers had hit the second half of the first game at the Dasarat Stadium in Rangasala but this time Zavisa said it would be a sunny day.

“Tomorrow will be the sunny day as per meteorological department here and I think it will help us to extend top performance,” the confident-looking coach said.

Pakistan are in Nepal to prepare for the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers to be held in Kyrgyzstan in March. After playing its last game on Saturday (today), the team would move to Maldives where it would face the hosts in two matches to be played on February 12 and 14.

Squad: Goalkeepers: Jaffar Khan (captain), Yousuf Butt, Saqib Hanif, Defenders: Samar Ishaq (vice-captain), Naveed Ahmed, Kamran Khan, Muhammad Ahmed, Muhammad Hameed, Shabbir Khan, Yaqoob Ejaz Butt, Midfielders: Faisal Iqbal, Muhammad Adil, Yasir Afridi, Strikers: Kaleem Ullah, Muhammad Mujahid, Hassan Bashir, Saeed Ahmed

Officials: Zavisa Milosavljevic (head coach/manager), Shehzad Anwar (assistant coach), Muhammad Aslam Khan (goalkeeper coach), Kamran Mehdi (physiotherapist/assistant manager).

from: [The News]