FIFA directs Pakistan to decide World Cup qualifying match venue against Cambodia in 15 days

Minute Mirror - Subscribe
Minute Mirror - Subscribe

The Normalization Committee (NC) of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) is in a precarious situation since FIFA has mandated that the location of their much-awaited World Cup Qualifier match against Cambodia be decided upon within the next 15 days.

Details indicate that the PFF NC has narrowed down Punjab Stadium in Lahore and Jinnah Stadium in Islamabad as the two potential locations for the crucial match. Karachi’s People’s Sports Complex and KPT Stadium are both being considered potential substitute locations for the highly anticipated matchup.

The return leg, which will be contested in Pakistan, is scheduled to begin on October 17 after the first leg is scheduled to begin on October 12 in Cambodia.

In the opening round of World Cup qualifying, Pakistan was paired against Cambodia in a matchup that would also be played in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifications. Due to political unrest inside the organization, the PFF declined to send Pakistan’s top team, and the result was a 4-1 loss for Pakistan overall.

The second round of the tournament, where Pakistan has been drawn in Group G with Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Tajikistan, will be assured with a victory.

Over eight years have passed since The Men in Green last performed in front of their home fans. Pakistan defeated Afghanistan 2-1 in the nation’s most recent international game, which was played in 2015. The Green Shirts have since played away games while experiencing international suspensions in between.