The Pakistan national football team has made a significant climb in the FIFA rankings, now holding the 193rd position. This accomplishment follows their historic victory against Cambodia, marking a major milestone for the team.
In recent months, Pakistan has shown amazing progress, climbing 8 positions in the rankings since July. In July, the group was ranked 201st, and by September, they had improved to 197th.
Quite, Pakistan accomplished a 1-0 win over Cambodia, denoting their very first victory in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers history. This memorable match occurred in Islamabad on October 17, with Harun Hamid scoring the triumphant objective for Pakistan in the 67th moment.
The first leg of the match between the two groups had finished in a tie with no goals. Star forward Otis Khan did not participate in the second leg due to FIFA not granting him clearance. Despite holding a Pakistani passport, Khan was considered ineligible by FIFA to play.
Khan had made his debut for Pakistan in a friendly match against Mauritius the previous June, with his eligibility based on his paternal grandfather, Kanwar Jamil Mohammed Khan, who was born in Delhi but later moved to Pakistan after the 1947 partition and settled in Manchester.
Looking forward, Pakistan is gearing up to face Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Tajikistan in Group G during the second round of the qualifiers.