Lahore-Pakistan, May 13, 2012: Pakistan National U-22 football team has left for Palestine on today via EY-242 at 0425 hours PST from Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore to take part in Al Nakba International Football Tournament in Palestine to be held from 13th May to 24th May, 2012. Pakistan has sent their Under-22 team for the competitions in order to prepare it for the Asian Cup Qualifiers to be held in Saudi Arabia from June 23 to July 3.
According to the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF), Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, President PFF wished national team the best. He hoped they shall play in an outstanding manner as the peoples of Pakistan are looking for a victory by their young players. He expressed his satisfaction on their training and the ability to play well.
The detail of national football team contingents are as follows: Kaleemullah (Captain), Faisal Iqbal (Vice Captain), Saddam Hussain (Vice Captain) Saqib Hanif, Muzammil Hussain, Tanvir Mumtaz, Manzoor Ahmad, Naveed Ahmad, Mohammad Osman, Ahsanullah, Mohammad Aadil, Sheram Babar, Mehmood Khan, Sher Muhammad, Junaid Qadir, Bilawal-ur-Rehman, Imran Ali Khan, Usama Haleem, Abdul Salam, Muhammad, Zakir Lashari and Amir Siddiqui.
The officials of the National team are Zavisha Milosavljevich (Head Coach), Syed Nasir Ismail (Assistant Coach), Muhammad Aslam Khan (Goalkeeper Coach), Dr. Kamran Mehdi (Physio) and Muhammad Saeed Khan (Chef De Mission).
Pakistan have been placed in Group A with the hosts Palestine, Vietnam and Sri Lanka, according to the draws unveiled by the Palestine Football Association (PFA) for the Al-Nakba International Football tournament penciled in for May 13-24 at different venues in Palestine. Uzbekistan, Indonesia and Iraq/Kurdistan have been adjusted in Group B while Tunisia, Jordon and Mauritania have been bracketed in Group C.
The event will be held under round robin system and a leading team from each group and the best third placed side from the three groups will make it to the semifinals to be held on May 21. The final will be played on May 23. This is the second time that the PFA is organizing the event with the assistance of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.
The matches will be held at the Faisal Husseini Stadium, Alram, Nablus Municipal Stadium, Nablus, Majed Asad Stadium, Albireh, Alhussein Ben Ali Stadium, Hebron, and Dura Stadium, Dura. Pakistan will face Sri Lanka in their opener on May 14 at Faisal Husseini Stadium. Pakistan will be pitted against Palestine at Dura Stadium on May 16, followed by their last group game against Vietnam at the Majed Asad Stadium on May 18.
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