The Pakistan football squad has successfully arrived in Saudi Arabia. The 18-member contingent set departure early this morning from Islamabad International Airport.
Pakistan Football Team at Saudi Arabia
Furthermore, team head coach Stephen Constantine, together with other specialist coaches and support staff, is accompanying the team, bringing the total group number 31.
However, Pakistan has four more practice days before facing Saudi Arabia.
Moreover, Somalia has shown interest in playing a friendly match against Pakistan during this time, however the friendly appears unlikely to take place.
FIFA World Cup 2026 2nd Qualifiers
However, the match between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan will kick off both countries’ journeys to the second round of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
The game is scheduled to begin at 9:30 PM (Pakistan Standard Time) on November 16, 2023, at Al-Fateh Stadium.
The 18-man senior squad can be seen at Damman’s Airport in a social media post from Pakistan Football Federation (PFF).
One thing that is lacking from the picture are the diaspora players who have yet to join the squad, which is primarily made up of Pakistan-based players.
Pakistan has qualified for the second round of a FIFA World Cup qualifier for the first time in its 76-year history.
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