ISLAMABAD: Pakistan women’s football team will take on hosts Saudi Arabia today, Sunday, when the two sides meet in a six-nation football tournament match at the King Fahd Stadium in Taif city.
The women’s football tournament features Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Laos, Malaysia and Bhutan. Pakistan, led by skipper Maria Jamil Khan, ended up drawing 0-0 against Malaysia on Thursday.
“Pakistan’s quest for glory resumes against Saudi Arabia,” the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Pakistan last traveled to Saudi Arabia in January this year to participate in a four-nation tournament that also featured Comoros and Mauritius. The South Asian side beat Comoros before losing to Mauritius 2-1 but ended the tournament on an impressive note, drawing 1-1 against a formidable Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom ended up winning the tournament.
However, Khan’s free kick goal against Saudi Arabia managed to garner praise after it went viral on social media.
Among the recent achievements of the Pakistani women’s football team is a thumping 7-0 victory over Maldives in the South Asian Football Federation championship in September 2022. In April this year, Pakistan defied all odds and emerged victorious with a 1-0 win over Tajikistan in the qualifiers for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
It was Pakistan’s first win at a major global tournament since returning to regular international football in September 2022 after a long hiatus. Previously, the team had only bagged wins in friendly matches or exhibition tournaments like the Four-Nation Cup in Saudi Arabia.