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It was a year that promised so much for Pakistan football, yet it ended with little to show for on the playing field.
And as the country struggles, former national captain Essa Khan, who hails from Chaman, believes it is high time they invested in the new generation of players to even dream of seeing Pakistan compete at the World Cup in the next five to eight years.
Following a disappointing failure in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers a couple of months back, Pakistan football team also failed to impress in the 2016 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-23 Championship qualifiers.
Already without competitive football for the next four years after their 3-1 aggregate loss to Yemen in the first round of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in March, the game in the country is left facing an uncertain future.