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Loss to BD no shocker as PFF continues to falter

By Shazia Hasan [Dawn.com] KARACHI: Lack of practice, last-minute change of venues, defensive play, rain, a soggy pitch and a make-shift coach can all serve as good excuses for the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) for the national team’s 3-0 loss to Bangladesh in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka on Wednesday. Like good politicians, ... Read More »

‘Foreigners’ causing harm: Essa

Alam Zeb Safi [The News] KARACHI: Former captain Mohammad Essa has said if the foreign-based footballers are unable to join the camp at least 20 to 25 days ahead of any international event then they should not be inducted into the squad as their late arrival always harms the national team. “I am not against these players because they are ... Read More »

Ilievski elated, Lutfi blames rain

Pakistan coach Tariq Lutfi was far from convinced that his team lost due to their lack of skill or technique; instead he laid all the blame on the pitch conditions after their 3-0 defeat against Bangladesh at the post-match briefing at the Banga-bandhu National Stadium yesterday. This was the second worst result for Pakistan against Bangladesh, after their 4-0 defeat ... Read More »

Bangladesh hammer Pakistan 3-0 in the rain

Dhaka, June 29: Bangladesh beat Pakistan 3-0 in the first leg of the pre-World Cup qualifier against Pakistan at the Bangbandhu National Stadium on Wednesday. In a water logged pitch due to the incessant rain Emily scored in the very 1st minute and midfielder Zahid doubled the margin in the 22nd minute. Pakistan custodian Jaffar Khan had no clue what ... Read More »

Pakistan upbeat but face uphill task against Bangladesh- Dawn.com

The much awaited three-year journey for the lucky 32 aiming to participate in the 2014 FIFA World Cup – hosted by Brazil – begins its Asian leg from 29th June, 2011. Forty-two members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will be competing for the 4.5 spots (4 direct qualifiers and 1 inter-continental playoff spot), with qualifiers spread out over a ... Read More »

Lutfi exudes confidence ahead of World Cup qualifier

Alam Zeb Safi KARACHI: Pakistan football team coach Tariq Lutfi has said that his charges are in ecstatic mood and will give a positive performance when they face Bangladesh in the first-leg of their FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifier to be held at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka on Wednesday. “Players’ morale and mental level is high and everyone wants ... Read More »

Pakistan vs. Bangladesh: 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier 1st Leg Preview

By Shahrukh Sohail, Islamabad Correspondent Exclusive from the national training Camp in Islamabad Pakistan faces Bangladesh in a two-legged qualifier for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with the first leg kicking off in Dhaka on the 29th of June. One of the mostly hotly anticipated clashes in the recent history of Pakistani Football takes place at the Bangabandhu National Stadium ... Read More »

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