Pakistan gearing up for AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 06, 2013 06:10 hrs

Islamabad, Feb 6 (IANS) In their bid to prepare for the Asian Football Confederations (AFC) Challenge Cup qualifiers, Pakistan's national football team will be playing international friendlies against Nepal and Maldives.

The 17-member team led by captain Jaffar Khan and four officials left for Nepal Tuesday. The two friendlies against Nepal are slated for Jan 6 and Jan 9. Pakistan will then fly dow to Male for two friendlies slated for Feb 12 and Feb 14, reports Xinhua.

Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) president Faisal Saleh Hayat on the eve of departure of the team expressed his satisfaction over side's preparations.

"We are confident that our team will produce good results in the matches against Nepal and Maldives," said Hayat.

Pakistan under the supervision of Serbian coach Milosavljevic Zavisa had a short training camp in Lahore from Jan 28.

Zavisa said the camp helped the team prepare or Nepal and Maldives tour and also for AFC Challenge Cup-2014 Qualifiers scheduled to be held in March, 2013 at Kyrgyzstan.

The Serbian coach told local media that the upcoming four matches against the two countries would also help him prepare a better side for the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers.

"The matches will definitely answer to our queries and will support us to build a better side for our main target of the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers," said Zavisa.

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