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Pakistan Shaheens soar into Bengaluru, ready to conquer

Pakistan Shaheens soar into Bengaluru, ready to conquer

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Bengaluru, 21 June 2023 (WAI): After overcoming numerous obstacles and enduring an arduous journey, the Pakistan football team has finally arrived in Bengaluru to face their arch-rivals, India, in the highly anticipated SAFF Cup opening match. The match will take place today at the renowned Sree Kanteerava Stadium, showcasing the spirit and passion of both nations.

Despite facing unforeseen delays and split connecting flights, the Shaheens have demonstrated unwavering determination and resilience. The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Normalization Committee had requested the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) to reschedule the match due to the team’s challenging circumstances. Unfortunately, the request was declined, and the competition will proceed as planned.

Understandably, the Pakistan team faces a formidable task, having traveled extensively and with little rest. Former Pakistan coach Zavisa Milosavljevic emphasized the importance of acclimatization and recovery training for optimal performance, citing the need for at least three days to adjust to local conditions. Nonetheless, the team remains undeterred and ready to face the challenges head-on.

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Head coach Shehzad Anwar expressed the team’s commitment to giving their best despite the circumstances. He acknowledged the strength of the Indian team, highlighting their recent successes and experience. However, he also emphasized Pakistan’s progress, particularly their commendable performance in Mauritius, where they displayed excellent football and fought bravely against Kenya.

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he tournament. From goalkeepers Saqib Hanif, Salman-ul-Haq, and Yousaf Ijaz Butt, to defenders Muhammad Umar Hayat, Ali Khan Niazi, and Muhammad Sufyan, and midfielders Alamgir Ali Khan Ghazi, Ali Uzair Mahmood, and Moin Ahmed, the team possesses a potent blend of skill and determination. The forward line, consisting of Abdul Samad Shahzad, Otis Jan Mohammad Khan, Hassan Naweed Bashir, and Muhammad Waheed, promises to threaten the opposition constantly.

This edition of the SAFF Cup marks a significant moment for Pakistan football as the team returns to Indian soil after an extended hiatus. The last bilateral series between Pakistan and India occurred in 2014, culminating in a 1-1 draw in Bangalore. This match is an opportunity for Pakistan to showcase its growth and rekindle the rivalry that has captivated fans for decades. The Green Shirts are prepared to script a remarkable comeback story, fueled by their unwavering support and the passion of millions of fans back home.

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