Pakistan trying to rebuild after FIFA exile

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:28, Sep 03,2018 | Updated: 00:30, Sep 03,2018

 
 

South Asian Football Federation and Bangladesh Football Federation president, Kazi Salahuddin (2nd-L), unveils the trophy of the 2018 SAFF Suzuki Cup in presence of chairman and managing director of Uttara Group of Industries, Matiur Rahman, Bangladesh captainJamal Bhuiyan (R) and Sri Lanka captain Subash Madushan at the Uttara Motors office in Tejgoan on Sunday.— New Age photo

Pakistan national football team’s Brazilian head coach Gose Antonio Nogueira said on Sunday that they were still trying to rebuild their team after completing a six-month exile from international football imposed by FIFA.
Pakistan were out of any kind of football activity for a span of three years due to the internal problem of the Pakistan Football Federation which forced the world’s football governing body to suspend the federation from October 2017 to March 2018.
The country returned to international football with the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta after completing the suspension.
‘We were banned by FIFA because the PFF had some problems inside. Now we are trying to rebuild the team and we doing our best for that,’ said Nogueira after a one-and-a-half hour training session with his charges at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Pakistan team arrived in Bangladesh on Saturday.
‘Of course when you are stopped for three years, you lose many things. We are now trying to rebuild the team again and trying to do best in the SAFF Championship.
‘In the gap many players didn’t have the job and they didn’t do anything.’
Pakistan, who didn’t take part in 2015 edition of the Championship in India, were drawn in Group A alongside hosts Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.
Nogueira believed Bangladesh got a bright chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.
‘Bangladesh are favourites in our group because they are playing at home. In my opinion Bangladesh are favourites to qualify for the next round,’ he said. Pakistan will begin their campaign against Nepal in the opening match on Tuesday.

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