Pakistan's national women’s team returned to international football after eight long years in the SAFF Women’s championship. Pakistan bowed out of the tournament in a stellar fashion with a 7-0 thumping of the Maldives in their final match.
Having been knocked out of the tournament after losses against India and Bangladesh, Pakistan put in a stellar performance to end their campaign on a high.
Head coach Adeel Rizki was all praises for his team upon their return. Despite not making the semifinals, Rizki says that this tournament will leave a very positive mark for Pakistan women’s team in international football.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, Head coach Rizki said: It has been a good journey since we started training a month and a half back. We had difficulties along the way but we finally came here. I believe that it is a vital step forward in the right direction. We hope we can build from this. We have a few friendlies and some tournaments planned.
Nadia Khan, the Doncaster Rover Belles player scored four goals in their final match. She believes the togetherness in the team brought this result their way.
Nadia said: The whole team played well. It's a stepping stone for me as well, my first time with the team. So, really proud of myself.
Pakistan finished third in the group with one point and two losses.