Football authorities in Pakistan are currently engaged in negotiations and discussions to prepare for upcoming international events, most notably the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers against Cambodia.
These talks, as reported by the media, have covered various crucial aspects, including training camps, friendly matches, NOCs (No Objection Certificates), finances, and logistical issues.
Senior and Under-23 Squads: Joint or Separate Camp Dilemma
One of the significant challenges facing the football authorities is the decision regarding joint or separate camps for the senior and Under-23 squads, each with its own coaching staff.
The senior team is scheduled to face Cambodia in the World Cup Qualifiers on October 12 and 17, while the Under-23 side prepares for the Asian Cup Qualifiers in September.
With overlapping schedules, the need for separate camps and coaching staff for both squads has become essential to ensure they perform optimally ahead of such an important season.
Financial Constraints and Seeking Support
The PFF (Pakistan Football Federation) Normalization Committee is facing financial constraints, Which has led to discussions with FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) and AFC (Asian Football Confederation) to secure financial support for the team’s preparations and participation in the qualifiers.
Selecting a Suitable Venue
Another pressing issue to address is the hosting of Cambodia for the home leg of the qualifiers. The football authorities must carefully choose a suitable venue that meets FIFA’s requirements and ensures a smooth and successful event.
Securing NOCs for Timely Approvals
To avoid past challenges faced by the teams, the operations of the Normalization Committee are actively seeking NOCs from relevant authorities to ensure timely approvals for the team’s preparations and participation in the qualifiers.
Management Suggestions and Thorough Efforts
With the stakes high for these qualifiers, the football authorities in Pakistan are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to set the stage for a successful campaign.
They are considering various management suggestions and strategies to ensure the teams are well-prepared and in top form for the upcoming international events.