It was a year that promised so much for Pakistan football, yet it ended with little to show for on the playing field.
Former Bahraini defender Mohammad Shamlan ultimately quit as Pakistan football team coach last week after his two-year contract expired.
Mohammad Shamlan on Thursday announced that he had quit as Pakistan football team coach after the expiry of his contract and signed a one-year deal with Bahrain’s Riffa Sports Club.
Pakistan’s midfielder Saddam Hussain also feels that. “It’s absolutely necessary to raise the league standard,” Saddam told ‘The News’ in an interview here on Friday.
Following a disappointing failure in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers a couple of months back, Pakistan football team also failed to impress in the 2016 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-23 Championship qualifiers.
Despite a dismal show at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) 2016 U23 Championship qualifiers, Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) secretary Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi hopes to extend coach Mohammed Shamlan’s contract, which ends in July.
Already without competitive football for the next four years after their 3-1 aggregate loss to Yemen in the first round of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in March, the game in the country is left facing an uncertain future.
Pakistan football team coach Mohammad Shamlan on Sunday said that his charges are capable of giving surprising result in the 2016 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-23 Championship qualifiers Group B which will be held in Al Qattara Stadium in Al-Ain, UAE, from May 16 to 24.
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Wednesday clarified that there was no alteration on cards in the dates of the 2016 AFC Under-23 Championship qualifiers Group B.