FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers: Pakistan squad for Saudi Arabia clash announced

Goalkeeper Adam Khan has been excluded from the list

By Web Desk
June 04, 2024
Yousuf Butt and Abdullah Iqbal (R). - PFF

Pakistan on Tuesday named their squad for the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier against Saudi Arabia, which is set to take place at the Jinnah Stadium in Islamabad on June 6.

The Pakistan football team will have the services of 18-year-old striker McKeal Abdullah during the highly-anticipated clash.

Abdullah plays for Mansfield Town, which is a team that competes in EFL League Two, the fourth level of the English football league system. However, the club will feature in EFL League One in the 2024–25 season after securing promotion.

Abdullah is considered one of the brightest young talents in the Asian circuit of English football.

However, Blackburn Rovers U21 goalkeeper Adam Khan, who was also called up for the camp, was excluded from the final squad.

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Meanwhile, star winger Otis Khan and left-back Mohammad Fazal have also returned to the Pakistan team.

However, captain and star defender Easah Suliman will not be available as he's going for Hajj, an annual Islamic pilgrimage.

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.

After the match against Saudi Arabia, Pakistan will lock horns with Tajikistan in their final group match in the second round of the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers.