SAFF U16 Championship: Pakistan beat Bhutan in opening match

The event is being held in Thimphu

By Web Desk
September 02, 2023
Pakistan's playing XI against Bhutan — SAFF

The Pakistan U16 football team is off to a flying start as they beat the hosts Bhutan 2-1 in their opening match of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) U16 Championship at Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan on Saturday.

The home side scored the first goal but their lead was overturned by the Men in Green as they scored two goals in the first half and got into a dominating position.

Tandin Phuntsho gave his side an early breakthrough by scoring a goal in the 13th minute but Pakistan resisted and pulled one back just four minutes after the hosts' opener.

Pakistan's captain Ubaid Ullah Khan equalized in the 17th minute and the Green Shirts continued with their attacking display.

The hard work paid off in the 30th minute when Subhan Karim scored the second which turned out to be a winner for his side.

The first-half ended 2-1 in favour of Pakistan and the scoreline remained the same until the final whistle.

Pakistan will play their next match against Maldives on September 4 at the same venue.

If they win their clash against Maldives, the Green Shirts will qualify for the semi-final.

Pakistan squad


Aadil Ali Khan, Balach Khan and Ghulam Abbas


Abdul Rehman, M. Husnain Saleem, Najeem Khan, Sameer Ahmed, Ubaid Ullah Khan, Majid Ali, Syed Muhammad Aabis Raza and Umar Javed


Abdul Samad, Muhammad Faraz, Farhad, Haroon Rashed, Hikmat Ullah, Khobaib Khan, M. Shahab Ahmed and Muhammad Khan


Abdul Ghani, Husnain Wali Raza, Subhan Karim and Syed Kabir Ali Shah

Players support personnel:

Sajjad Mahmood (Head coach), Mohammad Hassan (Assistant coach), Mohammad Ali Khan (Physical trainer), Jaffar Khan (Goalkeeper coach), Mohammad Abdullah Aamir (Physiotherapist), Mohammad Yashal Mazhar (Media officer)