Lahore, 21 March: Pakistan opened their campaign on unsatisfactory way when they floored the chances came their way and lost 0-3 to Turkmenistan in fourth AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers (Group-B) match today at MBJP Stadium, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Pakistan’s other matches in the event will be against India (23 March) and Chinese Taipei (25 March).
Turkmenistan took sixth minute lead following a right wing cross and striker Urazov Didarklych made no mistake, leaving keeper Muhammad Omar no chance. Turks led 1-0 at interval as poor finishing of Pakistani front runners allowed them no equalizer. The winners added two more in the early and latter of second session.
Pakistan, who started the game with suspended Manzoor Ahmed, fumbled three glorious chances because of poor finishing.
Turkmenistan doubled the margin just a minute into second half through midfielder Amanov Arslanmyrat. The Central Asians were home and dry when striker Karadanov Mamedaly steered the ball past substitute keeper Amir Gul in the 86th minute.
Pakistan failed to reply and if they want to salvage anything yet, they must win their remaining two games against India (23 March) and Chinese Taipei (25 March). India comfortably beat Chinese Taipei 3-0 later in the day.
Following were two teams:
Goalkeepers: Amir Gul (NBP), Muhammad Omar (KESC)
Defenders: Manzoor Ahmed (WAPDA), Alamgir Khan (Police), Atif Bashir Qureshi (Barry Town, Wales), Samar Ishaq (KRL) CAP, Zeeshan Rehman (Muangthong United FC, Thailand),
Midfielders: Faisal Iqbal (NBP), Syed Arif Hussain (WAPDA), Muhammad Adil (KRL), Mahmood Khan (KRL), Kashif Mumtaz Siddiqui (Fresno Fuego, USA), Abdul Aziz (NBP) VC, Nasr Ullah Khan (PIA), Adnan Farooq Ahmed (Aboomoslem FC, Iran),
Strikers : Jadeed Khan Pathan (WAPDA), Rizwan Asif (KRL), Kalim Ullah (KRL), Imran Niazi (WAPDA), Arif Mehmood (WAPDA), Muhammad Qasim (KRL).
Coach : Tariq Lutfi
Goalkeepers: Nikita Gorbunov (Nebitchi), Rahmaberdy Alikhanov, Mamed Orazmukhammedov (both MTTU).
Defenders: Hema Komekov, Begli Annageldyev, David Sarkisov, Maksim Belyh (all MTTU), Bakhtiyar Hodzhaahmedov (Nebitchi), Nazar Choliev (Ashkhabad), Guvanch Rejepov (Talypov Sport), Gochkuli Gochkuliev (Bunyodkor, Uzbekistan).
Midfielders: Dovran Allanazarov, Perhat Podarov, Guvanch Hangeldyev, Abdulla Gurbannepesov, Mihail Mohamedov (all MTTU), Amir Gurbani (Altyn Asyr), Dovlet Bayramov (Merv), Begley Nurmuradov (Akhal), Serdar Geldyev, Rakhimberdi Baltayev (both Ashgabat).
Strikers: Berdy Shamuradov (Ashgabat), Didarklych Urazov (Nebitchi), Gahrymanberdy Chonkaev (Altyn Asyr), Azat Garajayev (MTTU).
Foreign-based players – goalkeeper Maksatmurad Shamuradov (Gohar, Iran), midfielders Vyacheslav Krendelev (Luch-Energia, Russia) Murad Khamrayev (Almalik, Uzbekistan), forwards Ruslan Mingazov (Skonto, Latvia) and Artur Gevorgyan (Nasaf, Uzbekistan)
Coach : Yazguly Hojageldiyev
Match Commissioner : Manirul Islam ( Bangladesh)
Referee Inspector Yazbeck Yazbeck (Lebanon)
Referee Akbar Bakhshi Zadeh (Iran)
Assistant Referees: Rafatisajedi Davoud, Alinezhadian Saeid (bothIran)
4th Official: Serazitdinov Viktor (Uzbekistan)
PFF Media Cell adds:
Pakistan were handicapped by the absence of WAPDA’s defender Manzoor Ahmed who was not allowed by AFC to appear in Pakistan- Turkmenistan clash in fourth AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers (Group-B) match today at MBJP Stadium, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
According to Match Commissioner Manirul Islam (Bangladesh) and Referee Inspector Yazbeck Yazbeck (Lebanon), was suspended following a Red Card against Uzbekistan in the 36th Asian U19 Champion at Takhti Stadium, Iran on 10 December 2009.
It was first half action during which Yemeni Referee Saleh Al-Yarimi had shown Manzoor the Yellow Card in the 30th minute, followed by Red Card six minutes later.
Quetta-born Manzoor was born on 1 February 1992 and he played for Pakistan U21 against Thailand U21, Malaysia U 21 in 2011. He also played both the matches for National team against Palestine at Karachi, Lahore.