Tariq sees low chances for Pakistan in AFC Qualifiers

Karachi: Former Pakistan football team coach Tariq Lutfi feels that matches against lowly ranked Nepal and Maldives recently played will not be helpful for Pakistan, who is preparing to feature in AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers next month in Kyrgyzstan.

“AFC Qualifiers is a tough event and playing preparatory matches against Maldives and Nepal will not help Pakistan prepare for the tough assignment. I see low chances for Pakistan’s qualification in the main event but if the federation is helpful then that is good for them but the ground realities tells the story otherwise,” Tariq Lutfi told PPI on Saturday.

He said that Pakistan should have played matches against some higher ranked teams in order to lift their games.

“Great resources are required to lift Pakistan football team’s game. Infrastructure of international standard is needed and matches against higher ranked teams should be played in order to lift the team’s game. The team could better its ranking by winning matches against lowly ranked teams but it will never raise the standards of the team,” he explained.

Pakistan has been bracketed in Group B with hosts Kyrgyzstan, former champions Tajikistan and Macau in AFC Qualifiers.

Pakistan would face Tajikistan in their opener on March 17, followed by their games against Kyrgyzstan on March 19 and Macau on March 21.