Pakistan take on Oman in Asian
by The Post
Earlier Iran taught a football lesson to Pakistan by thrashing them 14-0, and in the given circumstances Oman, another strong football nation, will prove a tough opponent for Pakistan to beat. Pakistan team is in a must-win situation to keep their hopes alive and a loss can dent their chances to progress ahead.
Pakistan is placed in Group B with India, Oman, Lebanon, Bahrain and host Iran.
The top-two teams from each of the seven groups will advance to the finals along with the best third-placed team. Host Saudi Arabia qualified automatically for the finals which will be held in 2008.
The Omanis, under the coaching of former international Rashid Jaber, have been camping in Teheran since November 1 while Pakistan is under Bashir Ahmed, former international stopper and bronze medallist in 1997 SAFF Championship, doing his first assignment for any Pakistani team.
Following are the two teams:
Pakistan: Zaid Arif, Jehangir , M Jalil, Alamgir Khan, Rai Akmal Shahzad, Mohsin Shah, Badshah Gul, Sohaib Akram, Shahid Zamir, M Tauseef, Irfan Khan , Usman Hussain, Umar Farooq Javed, M Mehdi, Rashid Ali, Khurram Shahzad, Haroon Ishaq, Kaleem Ullah, M Ashfaq, Adnan Butt. M Imtiaz Butt (Manager), Bashir Ahmed (Coach).
Oman: Bassam Al Alawi, Amer Al Shatari, Hussain Al Hadhri, Jaber Al Owaisi, Mohamed Al Gheilani, Fahad Al Jalaboubi, Qasim Hardan, Akram Al Rawahi, Nasser Al Shamli, Al Moatasim Al Mukhaini, Ahmed Al Alawi, Musab Al Wahaibi, Azan Al Balushi, Abdullah Al Mukhaini, Omar Al Balushi, Salman Al Madailwi, Waleed Al Saadi, Nayef Fada, Faisal Al Hasani, Juma Al Mukhaini, Muntasar Al Zakwani, Bassam Al Battashi, Mansoor Al Naaimi. Saleh Al Araimi (Manager), Rashid Jaber ( Coach)
Today's fixtures: India v Bahrain, Oman v Pakistan and Lebanon v Iran.
Premier League Soccer in full swing
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Adeel Ahmed, the goal-scoring hero in the 10th South Asian Games final against Sri Lanka last year, is looking for another Player of the Tournament award as he hammered the match-winner in Khan Research Laboratories (KRL)'s scrappy 1-0 win over Pakistan Railways at the KRL stadium.