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FPDC Exclusive: Pakistan set to host Afghanistan, Philippines and Palestine in quadrangular tournament
Pakistan want to host Afghanistan, Philippines and Palestine for a friendly tournament.

FPDC Exclusive: Pakistan set to host Afghanistan, Philippines and Palestine in quadrangular tournament

Shahrukh Sohail, Chief Editor, Islamabad

According to reports, the Pakistan Football Federation have roped in three other nations and are set to host an International tournament in Lahore during April.

While few sports teams are willing to tour Pakistan, the PFF  are looking to continue the trend of International football in the country and according to sources, the visit of Afghanistan, Palestine and Philippines will go a long way in restoring the nation’s reputation.

The tournament is set to be held in Lahore at the Punjab Stadium and according to some reports, current coach Mohammad Al-Shamlan might play the U-22 Team against the visiting senior sides in order to gain match practice ahead of the AFC U-22 Championship qualifiers in June.

Also, the tournament’s dates in April are yet to be confirmed but as the U-22 Team will be taking part, Pakistan will not be able to call established foreign stars such as Zesh Rehman (Pahang FA), Hassan Bashir (Fremad Amagar), Mohammad Ali (BK Avarta), Adnan Ahmed (Nelson FC) and Yousuf Butt (BGA).

Nonetheless, the quadrangular tournament provides so much needed home games for the Pak Shaheens and the Pakistani fans will finally be able to see their own team in action after a long hiatus.

About Shahrukh Sohail

SRJ or more commonly referred to as Shahrukh outside FootballPakistan, is the current Chief Editor of FPDC and die-hard supporter of the Pakistan National Football Team. Away from Pakistani football, Shahrukh is an entrepreneur, a student and enjoys dominating the right-flank on the pitch.
  • Junaid

    only playing U22 side means ranking down and people like Tariq Lufti barking again

    • Shahrukh Sohail

      Shamlan wants U-22s to get exposure. A reasonable ask.

      Anyways, the seniors don’t have any competition till next year. They can start their friendlies after June.

    • Shahrukh Sohail

      Since the tournament would probably be in April, the ranking would not be affected.

  • Shakoor Afridi

    Senior indigenous and foreign-based players should also be included to increase interest and coverage; or otherwise if U-22 lost all the games, Pakistani would lose their faith and interest in national team.

    • Shahrukh Sohail

      There is no point in playing the U-22s if you include seniors. What’s the point of match practice then?

      Either play the National Team or the U-22s.

      But you can also have U-22 foreign-based footballers. Sami Malik (Energie Cottbus) could be added to the squad along with other youngsters from England.

  • Noman Ajmal

    Apart of this will Pakistan play a friendly match against Afghanistan in march?

    • Shahrukh Sohail

      Not sure about that. If this tournament takes place, I doubt it then.

  • Mubashar Rehman

    Pakistan U22 and Premiere league clubs should be playing practice matches with these teams. Almost 4 to 6 matches can be arranged in this ways and more Pakistani teams will be getting experience. But this might not be possible due to short stay of theses teams. Playing U22 against senior teams will be harsh but I think Shalman said he will use more young players, not totally U22 team.

    • Shahrukh Sohail

      Let’s see what teams the other countries send and what line-up we use.

    • Shahrukh Sohail

      Let’s see what team the other countries send and what team we choose.

  • Noman Ajmal

    In my opinion national team should play the tournment and u-22 team shoild be sent abroad maybe to bahrien for training.

    • Shahrukh Sohail

      What about the coach? Shamlan is the coach for both the U-22s and Senior team.

      • Noman Ajmal

        I mean to say national team should play the tournment and after that u-22 team should go.abroad for training

        • Shahrukh Sohail

          But no point. Seniors don’t have competition till next year. U-22s have competition in June.

  • Dowie Pen

    Philippines is a hard team,if Pakistan U22 will play then it should be a miss match,power house in Asia against U22 not a level,Pakistan coach must provide quality players for this tournament.

    • Shahrukh Sohail

      Philippines are a tough team, but not a powerhouse. And since the tournament won’t be on FIFA dates, Azkals won get their foreign-based players. So it should be an interesting game.

  • Dowie Pen

    It should be a tough game as well,this line up should be the main game (Philippines).

    • Shahrukh Sohail

      Of course!