Pakistan football team has departed for Jakarta last night from Lahore to participate in the Asian Games scheduled in Malaysia from 18th of August to 2nd September.

National squad will be led by captain Saddam Hussain, Saqib Hanif will be vice captain, other players in the squad are: Waseem Asghar, Adeel Ali, Maqbool, Zainul Abideen Ishaque, Yousaf Ahmad, Mohsin Ali, Muhammad Sohail, Muhammad Bilal, Muhammad Umar Hayat, Ali Khan Niazi, Muhammad Riaz, Ahsanullah, Mehdi Hassan, Noman, Shahbaz Younas, Mansoor, Arslan Ali, Mahmood Khan.Head coach Jose Antonio Nogueira, trainer Jose Roberto Portella, assistant coach Muhammad Essa, gaol keeper coach  Noman Ibrahim, masseur Muhammad Aslam and director technical PFF Shahzad Anwar are also with the squad.

Pakistan team will face Vietnam in their first match on 14th of August, second challenge is scheduled on 16th when Asian giant Japan will test their skills and national team will take on Nepal on 19th of August. 

President of PFF Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat said on the occasion that best possible facilities were provided to the players for the preparations of Asian Games .

“Brazilian coaches have worked hard to improve their skills, Bahrain tour has added more to players’ confidence, hence it is hoped Pakistan Team will put a good show in the Asian event,” he added.