2026 WCQs: PFF takes big step ahead of remaining matches [Geo Super]

2026 WCQs: PFF takes big step ahead of remaining matches [Geo Super]

by Faizan Lakhani

KARACHI: The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) took a big step ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers remaining matches as the Green Shirts prepare to host Jordan at Jinnah Stadium, Islamabad, on March 21, 2024.

The PFF wants to hold a training camp in Saudi Arabia from January 10 to 30 to make the players train up to higher standards. However, FIFA’s funding is required to make that happen.

The PFF has sent FIFA all the details of the required fund which includes travel expenses and player allowances. The camp can only be set up after the funds are received from the governing body.

Furthermore, during their stay in the Gulf Country, all the expenses will be borne by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation.

This could be due to the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the PFF and the Saudi federation.

It is worth mentioning that the PFF is yet to receive funds for the U16 and U23 events which has increased the worries of the PFF Normalisation Committee.

Pakistan have faced Saudi Arabia and Tajikistan in the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers and the Green Shirts lost both games while conceding 10 goals and scoring only one.

Their next encounter is against a well-settled and established Jordan side who would be eager to get back in the top two as they only have one point from two matches following a draw vs Tajikistan and a defeat against Saudi Arabia.

Pakistan have zero points from two matches and a goal difference of -9, which makes things difficult for the qualification to the next round.

Published in Geo Super, 12 December 2023