By Shahrukh Sohail, Chief Editor, Islamabad
The Young Shaheens will be looking to grab another win as they face Jordan in their 2nd game of the Al-Nakba Cup in Palestine at 7:00 PM PST.
Coach Mohammad Al-Shamlan may have not been in the dugout but Pakistan still managed to do well without them, grabbing three goals against Sri Lanka without reply. However, the Lankans were without their best players and so, Pakistan’s real test will come today against the Jordanians.
Having played in the U-22 Asian Championships, Jordan are a forced to be reckoned with but surprisingly lost 1-0 to hosts Palestine in their opening tie.
Pakistan boss Shamlan is stranded in Jordan and is unlikely to charge of the squad during the game. According to media reports, he might be sent home to Bahrain, as he is unable to make a proper mark on the tour. Nonetheless, Pakistan will be raring to go today especially bolstered by their earlier result.
Promising striker Mansoor Khan grabbed two goals against Sri Lanka, while FC Dordoi Bishkek winger Mohammad Adil put in a superb display to earn man-of-the-match plaudits. And facing quality opposition, Pakistan will be hoping that they can outdo their rivals and come away with a win again.
With the friendly games mostly on show for exposure, Jordan could make some changes to the line-up that played against Palestine, but the majority of the squad is expected to stay the same.
Key Player for Pakistan
With Kaleem not in attendance, the goal-scoring responsibility is on the young PAF star and he will be hoping he can add to his tally once more.
Pakistan 1:1 Jordan