Pakistan men's football team has arrived in Islamabad following their recent match against Saudi Arabia in Al-Hasa as part of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Despite a 0-4 loss to Saudi Arabia, the team is gearing up for their upcoming encounter with Tajikistan on November 21.
After departing from Dammam, Saudi Arabia, the team transited through Dubai Airport before landing at Islamabad International Airport.
The defeat against Saudi Arabia saw Pakistan trailing 0-1 at half-time, eventually conceding three more goals in the second half.
The Saudi team, ranked 57th in FIFA World Rankings, dominated with 77% possession, showcasing their experience and robust league system, while Pakistan holds the 193rd rank.
In the absence of centre-back Easah Suliman, forward Otis Khan took on the captain's armband, leading the team from the right wing.
Khan, a Grimsby Town forward, recently gained FIFA approval to represent Pakistan, providing evidence of his eligibility based on ancestry.
Looking ahead, Pakistan is scheduled to host Tajikistan in their next match at Jinnah Stadium, Islamabad, on November 21, 2023, at 2 PM (Pakistan time).
The game marks the second match of the second round of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.