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Coach Sharida commends Pakistan footballers

05 December, 2006

KARACHI: After losing to one of the favourites of the event Japan by 2-3 in the Group F opener, Pakistan’s footballers also put North Korea under pressure on Sunday in the 15th Asian Games in Doha, but Kim Chol Ho’s goal in the 53rd minute, when the ball went into the net after touching the goalkeeper Jaffar Khan’s fingertips, helped the 1978 Asian Games’ gold medallists to snatch a 1-0 victory.

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KARACHI: After losing to one of the favourites of the event Japan by 2-3 in the Group F opener, Pakistan’s footballers also put North Korea under pressure on Sunday in the 15th Asian Games in Doha, but Kim Chol Ho’s goal in the 53rd minute, when the ball went into the net after touching the goalkeeper Jaffar Khan’s fingertips, helped the 1978 Asian Games’ gold medallists to snatch a 1-0 victory.

This effort of the Pakistani side was greatly appreciated by the coach Salman Sharida. In an interview to a foreign newspaper, the Bahrain-born Salman pointed out that Pakistan could have toppled North Korea but unfortunately his strikers failed to convert two opening chances.

He said his boys have now learnt to follow his instructions and the more they will play international football, the more they will get confidence. He said he was happy that Pakistan is now looking very confident. The boys are not only restricting the opposition from scoring more goals against them but also have been able to strike a goal or two.

It merits a mention here that in their last three matches Pakistan football team have shown great imprivement. In the Asia Cup Qualifiers against United Arab Emirates (UAE) played on November 15 at Abu Dhabi, Pakistan gave a tough time to the hosts before the latter won 3-2. Before that in the Asia Cup Qualifiers, the AFC Challenge Cup and in the SAFF Championship, both Pakistan’s defence and attack had looked fragile.


 
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