NC Requests AFC Extension for Pak-Jordan Match Venue Submission

Pakistan Football Federation Seeks Extension for Submission of Venue for 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Normalisation Committee (NC) has reached out to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) seeking an extension for the submission deadline of the venue for the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers second round match between Pakistan and Jordan. The game is scheduled for March 21, and the initial deadline was set for January 21. However, with the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) working on installing floodlights at Jinnah Stadium Islamabad, the NC was granted an extension until February 2.

Despite the ongoing efforts by the PSB to upgrade the stadium in line with FIFA and AFC requirements, they have communicated that it may not be feasible to provide a completion certificate by the specified deadline. The PSB anticipates being able to complete the venue by the end of February, in time for the crucial game against Jordan.

In a letter dated February 1, the PFF NC requested an update from the PSB regarding the status of the venue and emphasized the importance of meeting the deadline set by FIFA and AFC regulations. Failure to comply could result in the match being moved to a different venue, impacting Pakistan’s home ground advantage.

The PSB, while acknowledging the deadlines set by the NC, expressed confidence in being able to finalize the upgrades at Jinnah Stadium before the end of February. They highlighted the progress made in installing floodlights and assured that the venue would be ready for the upcoming match.

A senior official from the PSB reiterated the commitment to completing the venue on time, noting that additional deadline extensions beyond February 15 or 18 would not be feasible. The official affirmed that the PSB’s priority is to ensure that the stadium is prepared for the game against Jordan by the end of February.

With both the PFF NC and PSB working towards meeting the requirements for the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, the football community eagerly anticipates the successful completion of the upgrades at Jinnah Stadium Islamabad. Fans hope for a thrilling match between Pakistan and Jordan as the teams compete for a spot in the prestigious tournament.

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