ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Tuesday beat Cambodia 1-0 to register their first-ever victory in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at Jinnah Stadium Islamabad.
The Pakistan football team has now qualified for the second round of FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers, for the first time. Harun Hamid scored the only goal of the match in the 67th minute to edge Cambodia. The first leg of the first round of qualifiers which was played in Cambodia ended without a single goal being scored.
The Pakistan team is now placed in Group G in round two of the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers along with Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tajikistan. The winner and the runner-up teams from the group will progress to the third round.
A total of 18 nations that reach the third round will be divided into three groups of six, via a draw conducted at a later date, with the top two nations in each group qualifying for the FIFA World Cup. The remaining six teams that finished third and fourth in the third round will then be divided into two groups of three teams for the fourth round, with the winner of each group earning a direct entry ticket to the FIFA World Cup.
Finally, in the fifth round, Asia’s representative in the FIFA play-off competition will be decided by a two-legged, home-and-away match between the two runners-up from the fourth round. Notably, in the 2019 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Pakistan took on the same opponent and received a 1-4 thrashing.
Meanwhile, soon after the historic victory of Pakistan football team, Sports Minister of Balochistan Nawabzada Jamal Raisani congratulated the Men in Green, saying, "The way the Pakistani Shaheens played and the way they recorded the historic 1-0 win against Cambodia, it looks like football is finally back home. I want to extend my congratulations to the entire team.”
Federal Interim Information Minister Murtaza Solangi also felicitated the Green Shirts for their remarkable win. “I want to welcome international teams to Pakistan. Football is not a game of some individuals, but it belongs to everyone. Unfortunately, football doesn’t hold a great importance in this country,” Solangi said.
“The Inter-provincial Ministry made very good arrangements to make the game happen. I am hoping that the problems related to football will end soon,” he added.
PFF Normalisation Committee Chairman Haroon Malik extended his heartfelt congratulations to the entire team as well as national team coach Stephen Constantine for this historic and remarkable victory. “The way the Green Shirts played and won the match at home soil is really commendable. Hopefully, they will work harder and try to produce better results against football giants in the upcoming matches.
“I am grateful to government of Pakistan especially to Inter Provincial Coordination Ministry and Pakistan Sports Board for their collective efforts with the PFF to make this historic match happen at the Jinnah Stadium Islamabad. Hopefully, the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers will also be hosted at this venue in a trend-setting manner, presenting a true and positive image of the country to the entire world,” Haroon Malik added.
The 197th ranked Pakistan had never won a World Cup Qualifier before today and they had not won any game since 2018. The Pakistan team defeated 177th ranked Cambodia.
Speaking to the media, Cambodian team head coach Felix Agustin Dalmas thanked Pakistani people and the organisers for the warm welcome on their arrival, saying, “Sports facilities are very good here. The first leg held at Cambodia was a tough one and Pakistan is the favorite to win this important match at home as they will have big audience support.”
He added: “Pakistan team is a different team to compare 2019 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, where we won both the matches but now the home side has improved their standard of playing game, especially they added dual national players in the squad, making it quite better and strong.”
Earlier, Pakistan football team coach Stephen Constantine said he was optimistic that Pakistan would perform better against Cambodia in the home-leg match of the FIFA Qualifiers, adding, "We are hopeful that players will show their best in the match. After eight years, a big international match is going to take place in Islamabad and our focus is on winning against the visitors.
“Pakistan has not had an international game for a long time and the players are working very hard for the good game. A professional football league should be held in Pakistan to boost the football at international level as if there is no professional league, there will be no good future of football in the country,” Pakistan coach asserted.
Responding to a question, he said that India has improved in the game due to the professional and other football leagues but footballers with dual citizenship were not allowed to represent the Indian national team. “The Pakistan Football Federation has allowed the dual nationals in the team; however, FIFA has not yet decided about Otis Khan’s citizenship, and he will be part of the team if the decision is made,” he said.
Pakistani rupee's value remained stable against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal and other currencies in the open market.
On Monday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.
Euro rate stands at 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound GBP rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED currently hovers around 77.45 while rate of Saudi Riyal stands at 75.82.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||359.4||360.05|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.38||36.48|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
The gold remained under pressure as the precious metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.
On the first day of the week, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,000 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,043
A single tola of 22-karat gold costs Rs170,539, while 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs. 192,325 and the price of 18k gold is Rs164,850.
In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2086, gaining $14.44 on Monday.
|Lahore||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Karachi||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Quetta||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Attock||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Multan||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|