Pakistan lose against Nepal on return to football after more than three years

Anjan Bista scored the winner for Nepal

By Web Desk
November 16, 2022
Pakistan's starting XI for the match against Nepal — PFF

KATHMANDU: Anjan Bista scored the winner as Nepal beat Pakistan by 1-0 at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu.

This was Pakistan men's team's first international match in more than three years. 

Pakistan put up a spirited show throughout the match despite increasing pressure from the home side.

As the match neared towards the end, it seemed as if Pakistan would come away with a draw however that was not the case.

Bista, who made a run inside the box, got on the end of a cross from the right and broke the deadlock with a superb finish. 

Ahead of their return to international football, Pakistan team participated in an extensive training camp in Lahore under the supervision of head coach Shehzad Anwar.

Despite the defeat, football fans were impressed with Pakistan's performance during the match.

FIFA lifts ban on PFF

FIFA had decided to lift ban on the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF), which was imposed in April 2021 due to undue third-party interference, in June earlier this year.

FIFA also extended the mandate of the Normalisation Committee (NC) by 12 months.

According to FIFA, the mandate of the normalisation committee includes the managing of PFF’s daily affairs, ensuring the proper registration and scrutiny of the clubs in Pakistan, draft and ratify, with the assistance of FIFA and the AFC, an electoral code for the PFF, organise the elections at district followed by provincial levels and conduct the elections of a new PFF executive committee