Pakistan is the only Asian country never to have won a FIFA World Cup qualifier. Lacklustre coaching, off-the-field issues and sometimes just sheer bad luck have all combined to provide the Shaheens this dubious distinction.
Former Bahraini defender Mohammad Shamlan ultimately quit as Pakistan football team coach last week after his two-year contract expired.
Mohammad Shamlan on Thursday announced that he had quit as Pakistan football team coach after the expiry of his contract and signed a one-year deal with Bahrain’s Riffa Sports Club.
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.
Pakistan national team captain Zesh Rehman believes his side’s first round World Cup Qualifying draw against Yemen is the toughest match his nation could have expected.
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.