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Pakistan to Host FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 2026 After 12-Year

Good news is on the horizon for football enthusiasts in Pakistan as the nation eagerly anticipates hosting a FIFA World Cup Qualifier match after a hiatus of 12 years. On October 17, Pakistan is set to face off against Cambodia in a thrilling showdown, taking place at the iconic Jinnah Stadium in Islamabad, with the match kicking off at 2 pm local time.

The preparations for this historic home league fixture have been closely overseen by AFC Match Commissioner Kemel Tokabaev, who inspected the Jinnah Stadium on September 20 to ensure that everything is in order for this significant qualifier.

The return of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers to Pakistan signifies a momentous occasion for the country’s football landscape. The last time Pakistan hosted a World Cup qualifier was in 2011 when they faced Bangladesh. Since then, fans have eagerly awaited the opportunity to witness international football on their home turf. In 2015, Pakistan hosted Afghanistan in their last international friendly match.

Adding to the excitement, the first leg of the qualifier between Pakistan and Cambodia is scheduled to be held in Cambodia on October 12.

In preparation for this important tournament, the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has already unveiled a 25-man squad. The team will be under the leadership of the newly-appointed coach, Stephen Constantine, as they aim to make their mark in the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers.

This revival of international football on Pakistani soil is a testament to the enduring passion for the sport in the nation and holds the promise of more exciting footballing moments to come.

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