The Pakistan women’s football team received a warm welcome on their return home after finishing second in the four-nation international friendly tournament held in Saudi Arabia.
Pakistan women’s football team secured second place in the recent Four Nations Cup in Saudi Arabia. This was the second international tournament for the team after FIFA lifted the ban on the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF).
Led by captain Maria Khan, the team put up an impressive show throughout the tournament, with the skipper scoring a spectacular goal in the final match against Saudi Arabia to secure a draw.
On their arrival back in Pakistan, the team was welcomed by the Chairman of the Pakistan Football Association Regulation Committee, Haroon Malik, and other members of the committee at the Football House in Lahore.
In the last match, Saudi Arabia took the lead in the first half but the green shirts fought back to equalize with Maria Khan’s goal from a free-kick in the 65th minute. They had previously beaten Comoros in their opening game but fell short against Mauritius in their second match on 15 January.
Pakistan Women's football squad gets warm welcome on their arrival to Pakistan after securing 2 position in 4-Nation Cup in Saudi Arabia.#Football | #Pakistan | #MariaKhan | #DilSeFootball | #PakistanFootball | #BackOurGirls pic.twitter.com/izRZfB4KUW— Khel Shel (@khelshel) January 21, 2023
The team’s performance in the tournament and the warm welcome they received upon their return home shows the growing support and recognition for women’s football in Pakistan, particularly after FIFA lifted the PFF ban.