With PFF NC allowing just two diaspora players to reinforce a largely domestic squad, 201st ranked Pakistan take on 20th ranked Japan in tonight's AFC U23 Asian Cup qualifiers Group D game in Bahrain.
PFF NC member Shahid Khokhar says sports federations in Pakistan only relying on funding from international bodies and govt support is obsolete and unsustainable. Also urged govt to focus on sporting infrastructure instead of authoritarian control on sporting matters.
Pakistan to host Cambodia for return leg of 2026 WCQs first round on 17 October. PFF NC required by FIFA to submit its home match venue by 18 August. Jinnah Stadium and Punjab Stadium main contenders pending renovation work and govt approval.