KARACHI: Pakistan football team has formally kicked off its preparations to play the second phase of Asian Games and SAFF Cup by playing matches with local clubs in Bahrain.
Pakistan will be playing its international matches after a span of three years. The national team, after arriving in Bahrain on Wednesday, played its first practice match against local club Buddiya FC on Friday night.
Although Pakistan lost the match 2-1, it provided them the much-needed match practice and exposure ahead of next month’s Asian Games which will be followed by SAFF Cup. Pakistan’s only goal in the practice game was scored by Riaz.
Pakistan Football Federation is hopeful that under the new head coach from Brazil, José Antonio Nogueira, the team will do well in the upcoming tournaments.