The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has chosen Islamabad’s esteemed Jinnah Stadium to host their FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier against Cambodia. This selection follows their earlier away game against Cambodia on October 12.
Significant Venue Choice
The PFF’s Normalisation Committee (NC) confirmed the selection of Jinnah Stadium. This decision highlights the venue’s historical and cultural significance, reflecting the nation’s commitment to international matches. Both the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and FIFA have received venue details for approval, as communicated by Shahid Khokhar, a PFF NC member.
Awaiting AFC and FIFA Approval
Though a significant move, AFC and FIFA have the final say. FIFA is expected to conduct a thorough inspection before granting approval, ensuring compliance with hosting standards for matches of this caliber.
Historical Importance of Jinnah Stadium
Jinnah Stadium’s legacy in Pakistan’s sports history is profound. In 2014, it hosted the SAFF Women’s Championship, demonstrating its suitability for international events and enthusiastic football fans.
As the Pakistan Football Federation progresses toward the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers, attention shifts to AFC and FIFA for their decision. Jinnah Stadium’s nomination represents the nation’s sporting heritage, and if approved, will mark a proud moment for Pakistan’s football scene. The excitement of fans and the anticipation of the forthcoming match at Jinnah Stadium underscore the nation’s steadfast football spirit.