2026 WCQs: Pakistan squad for Saudi Arabia clash announced [Geo Super]

2026 WCQs: Pakistan squad for Saudi Arabia clash announced [Geo Super]

Pakistan on Tuesday named their squad for the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier against Saudi Arabia, which is set to take place at the Jinnah Stadium in Islamabad on June 6.

The Pakistan football team will have the services of 18-year-old striker McKeal Abdullah during the highly-anticipated clash.

Abdullah plays for Mansfield Town, which is a team that competes in EFL League Two, the fourth level of the English football league system. However, the club will feature in EFL League One in the 2024–25 season after securing promotion.

Abdullah is considered one of the brightest young talents in the Asian circuit of English football.

However, Blackburn Rovers U21 goalkeeper Adam Khan, who was also called up for the camp, was excluded from the final squad.

Meanwhile, star winger Otis Khan and left-back Mohammad Fazal have also returned to the Pakistan team.

However, captain and star defender Easah Suliman will not be available as he’s going for Hajj, an annual Islamic pilgrimage.

Pakistan are at the bottom of Group G as they have lost all four matches they have played so far. Pakistan began their journey with a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Saudi Arabia in Al-Ahsa in November followed by a 6-1 loss at the hands of Tajikistan at Islamabad in the same month.

Jordan then defeated Pakistan 3-0 in Islamabad in a game held in Ramadan with the Shaheens also losing the reverse fixture 7-0 at the Amman International Stadium.

After the match against Saudi Arabia, Pakistan will lock horns with Tajikistan in their final group match in the second round of the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers. 

Published in Geo Super, 4 June 2024

Pakistan squad for #PAKvKSA and #TJKvPAK:

Goalkeepers: Yousuf Butt, Saqib Hanif, Hassan Ali.

Defenders: Rao Umer Hayat, Mamoon Moosa Khan, Muhammad Sadam, Abdullah Iqbal, Abdul Rehman, Haseeb Khan, Waqar Baloch, Mohammad Fazal.

Midfielders: Alamgir Ghazi (suspended for Saudi game), Umair Ali, Rahis Nabi, Ali Uzair Gujjar, Moin Ahmed, Touqeer ul Hasan, Ali Zafar Hazara.

Forwards: Otis Khan, McKeal Abdullah, Imran Kayani, Fareedullah, Shayek Dost, Adeel Younas.

Head coach: Stephen Constantine

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