A football friendly between Pakistan and the Maldives is expected to take place on March 21
KARACHI: The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Normalisation Committee, which has been appointed by FIFA, is negotiating with various nations to secure an additional match for the Pakistan senior football team during the FIFA window this month.
According to “The News,” a credible source has confirmed that Pakistan’s match against the Maldives will take place on March 21 on the Gan island in the Maldives’ Addu City.
The source stated, “But effort is being made to finalize another game with a different country, which may be held after the clash with the Maldives.”
“We’re hoping to finalise a game on March 28.” . We have two to four options. There is also a possibility of participating in a game prior to the FIFA window, which opens on March 20.
We want to make full use of the FIFA window because our team is rebuilding after years of inactivity due to a variety of issues. We hope to receive an additional game. The problem lies in the fact that almost every nation has obligations during FIFA Days. Let’s make the best of it.
THE WAIT IS OVER! 🧨
The Shaheens return back to action as we face Maldives 🇲🇻 in the upcoming FIFA Window! ⚽️💥
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— Pakistan Football Federation (@TheRealPFF) March 8, 2023
On March 18, the Pakistani national team will depart Lahore for the Maldives.
This reporter has also learned that the national team’s think tank hasn’t decided which foreign-based players will be used during the team’s participation in the FIFA window.
“That is something we are working on. We are yet to conclude which player ought to be welcomed,” the source said.
The source went on to say, “We also face an issue as Ramadan will also begin during these days, and we have to look at all these things.” However, the source said, “We are hopeful that these matches will benefit Pakistan a lot in the bid to form a solid side for this year’s major assignments.”
It is important to note that Pakistan will compete in the World Cup Qualifiers and SAFF Cup this year
India’s football governing body (AIFF),
According to a tweet from India’s football governing body (AIFF), India will host the SAFF Cup in June. Dhaka was originally supposed to conduct it.
This year’s World Cup Qualifiers will take place at the end.
Pakistan’s football authorities also want to use the FIFA window in June, which runs from June 12 to June 20, to manage some matches with powerful nations and give the elite team enough exposure.
The team that will compete in the FIFA window in June is highly likely to also participate in the SAFF Cup, which is scheduled to take place from June 20 to July 3.