Indian-origin Trishan Patel joins Pakistan's football squad

Patel joined team's camp in Islamabad as they are preparing for final two games of World Cup Qualifiers

May 23, 2024
Trishan Patel. - PFF

KARACHI: Trishan Patel, a British football coach of Indian origin, has officially joined the Pakistan football squad as an assistant coach and performance analyst.

Patel joined the team's camp in Islamabad as they are preparing for their final two games of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Saudi Arabia and Tajikistan.

Patel, who previously worked with the team remotely, brings a wealth of experience from his diverse coaching background. He has worked with various organizations, clubs, and schools across England, including prominent clubs such as Liverpool and Luton Town.

The Pakistan Football Federation announced Patel’s arrival through their social media channels, featuring Patel in the national team's kit.

Patel began his football coaching career in 2006 as a scouting coach. In 2009, he joined Premier League side Luton Town as a Community Coach, where he remained until 2015. A holder of the UEFA A license, Patel joined Biggleswade United in 2019 as an assistant manager. Additionally, he has worked as an international academy coach with Liverpool and has also been involved with Berkhamsted.

Pakistan will play matches against Saudi Arabia and Tajikistan on June 6 and 11, respectively, in the second round of the qualifiers. The match against Saudi Arabia will be held at Jinnah Stadium in Islamabad, whereas the fixture against Tajikistan will take place at the Dushanbe Central Stadium.

Pakistan are at the bottom of Group G as they have lost all four matches they have played so far. Pakistan began their journey with a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Saudi Arabia in Al-Ahsa in November followed by a 6-1 loss at the hands of Tajikistan at Islamabad in the same month.

Jordan then defeated Pakistan 3-0 in Islamabad in a game held in Ramadan with the Shaheens also losing the reverse fixture 7-0 at the Amman International Stadium.

Faizan Lakhani is Deputy Editor (Sports) at Geo News.