Sports Correspondent – The News
KARACHI: Keeping in view the ongoing Premier League, Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has opted to delay the national team’s camp for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers for two weeks.
The PFF had earlier given January 10 as the tentative date for the commencement of training for the vital assignment which will be held in the middle of March.
A top official of PFF confirmed to ‘The News’ on Thursday that the camp would begin from January 24.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s coach Mohammad Shamlan arrived here on Thursday from Bahrain to witness the remaining matches of the country’s top-tier competitions being held in Karachi.
The last game of the league will be held here at KPT Sports Complex on January 21 between Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) and the prospective champions K-Electric.
The draws for the first round World Cup qualifiers will be held on February 10.
Pakistan will host Afghanistan for a game which will be held at the Jinnah Stadium in Islamabad on February 6.
“Yes, the match between Pakistan and Afghanistan will be held on February 6. The visitors will reach Islamabad on February 4,” the PFF official said.
Afghanistan wanted to play the game at the federal capital instead of the Punjab Stadium in Lahore, it was learnt.