"We would like our side ... to get at least five matches against some better sides before the qualifiers" in March 2019.
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.
Pakistan football team’s assistant coach Hassan Baloch on Friday said that the confidence level of the players was not good during the 2016 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-23 Championship Group B qualifiers.
Despite a dismal show at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) 2016 U23 Championship qualifiers, Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) secretary Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi hopes to extend coach Mohammed Shamlan’s contract, which ends in July.
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.
Despite having failed to secure international friendlies, Pakistan football team coach Mohammad Shamlan on Wednesday said his charges would give tough time to their strong rivals in the 2016 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-23 Championship Qualifiers
Like in the past, Pakistan fell in the first round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers when they were held by Yemen to a goalless draw in their second leg in Manama on March 23.
It is likely that the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-23 Championship qualifiers of Group B, also carrying Pakistan, would be held in the first week of May, a well-placed source told ‘The News’ on Wednesday.
Pakistan head-coach Mohammed Al Shamlan will not extend his contract with the national team after it expires in July this year.