Pakistan will play their Group ‘B’ qualifiers for the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in May.
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.
An enthusiastic Pakistan side conquered Malaysia Under-19 football team beating them 3-1 in their practice match at Shah Alam Stadium Selangor in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.
Pakistan football team coach Mohammad Shamlan on Sunday stated that if his charges played with full focus against Yemen in the qualifiers for 2018 Russia World Cup, they could overcome them.
Pakistan were drawn with a monstrous Yemen side in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers first round as the draws for the 12 lowest-ranked Asian nations were unveiled at Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
The first-round qualifier for the 2018 World Cup in Russia will see Pakistan play the away leg of the playoff tie on March 12 before the home leg five days later.
Denmark-based striker Hassan Bashir will lead Pakistan football team in their one-off friendly against Afghanistan at the Punjab Stadium, Lahore, on Friday.
A top official of Afghanistan football team on Tuesday said that their team was in excellent shape and would deliver against Pakistan in the one-off friendly at Punjab Stadium, Lahore, on Friday