Shahrukh Sohail, Chief Editor, Islamabad
Pakistan could reportedly be playing Indonesia in an away friendly on the 21st of June as they prepare for the 2014 Asian Games in September.
The U-23 Pak Shaheens have been in preparatory phase since the early part of the year with the side playing a friendly against Lebanon and taking part in Palestine’s Al-Nakba Cup. Moreover, the PFF has already secured three friendlies in August; two against India and one against Bahrain.
And speaking to aseanfootball.org, Indonesian FA Secretary Sefdin Syaifudin claimed that the match is almost finalized with a few documents remaining to be exchanged.
“We are just waiting for some documents from the FA of Pakistan,” he added.
PFF Director Competitions and Developments, Pervaiz Mir also confirmed this stance after being questioned about whether such a plan was in the pipeline.
“We have not received a full confirmation yet. It is being worked on,” he told FootballPakistan.com in an exclusive interview.
Although foreign-based players are not being considered, Mohammad Adil and Kaleemullah, who play for FC Dordoi Bishkek, could also be unavailable as they are entering a crucial part of their season in the Kyrgyzstan league.
Pakistan currently has a large, mostly U-23 squad, training in Lahore which is as follows.
Goalkeepers: Saqib Hanif, Tanvir Mumtaz (both KRL), Muzammil Hussain (WAPDA), Ghazanfar Yasin (PAF), Shehroz (Navy), Usman Khan, Mohammad Omar (both NBP), Ihsanullah (HBL).
Defenders: Ahsanullah, Salman Ahmed (both KRL), Mohammad Bilal, Mohammad Ahmed, Rashid Noor (WAPDA), Mohammad Sohail (PAF), Naveed Ahmed, Mohsin Ali (Navy), Faisal Iqbal (NBP), Amjad (HEC).
Midfielders: Saddam Hussain, Bilawal-ur-Rehman, Mehmood Khan (KRL), Izharullah, Ashfaquddin (KPT), Sher Mohammad, Sher Ali (NBP), Mustafa, Umair Ali (HEC), Mohammad Riaz (K-Electric).
Strikers: Naveed (WAPDA), Mohammad Zeeshan (NBP), Abdul Salam (SSGC).
Officials: Mohammed Shamlan (coach), Kamran Mehdi (manager and physiotherapist), Hasan Baloch, Tanvir Ahmed (both assistant coaches), Aslam Khan (goalkeeping coach), Asghar Anjum (assistant manager), Farooq Jamal (masseur), Shams Pervez (ground coordinator).