FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers: Jinnah Stadium under renovation

Jinnah Stadium that is under renovation these days

November 21, 2023
Jinnah Stadium in Islamabad. - PSB

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Director General Shoaib Khoso oversaw the arrangements to hold the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifying match between Pakistan and Tajikistan today (Tuesday) here at the Jinnah Stadium and ordered for immediate adjustments wherever it was required.

Jinnah Stadium that is under renovation these days has the available capacity of around 30,000 almost half of the actual capacity.

Later talking to the media, the DG PSB said that all arrangements have been placed to hold the match in a befitting manner.

“I have directed all the concerned to make top-class arrangements for the team’s practice and changing rooms. Wherever there was room for further improvement I ordered that also,” he said.

Earlier, the visiting team was welcomed at the airport by Deputy Director General PSB Saeed Akhtar and other PSB officials.

Pakistan football team is facing yet another stiff target against Tajikistan with odds favouring the visiting team more due to their experience and international exposure.

The hosts, who qualified for the second round after beating Cambodia, suffered a 4-0 defeat against Saudi Arabia in their previous match.

Ranked 109 on the FIFA list, Tajikistan has played 1-1 draw against Jordan just recently as visiting team head coach Peter Segrt who talked to the media in Islamabad Monday believed in gaining three points against Pakistan on Tuesday to move up on the Pool G ladder.