For the first time in five years, India takes on Pakistan at the SAFF Cup semi-finals. The Pakistan Football Team displayed great character in the tournament, making a comeback after losing to hosts Bangladesh by 1-0, earlier in the tournament.Also Read - Asia Cup Hockey 2022: Pakistan Snatch a 1-1 Draw Against Rivals India
Ahead of the highly anticipated match against India, Faheem Ahmed, Pakistan football team’s right winger had a message for the supporters, “My motive behind this video is to enlighten you about your Pakistan football team. These days, our team has been participating at the ongoing SAFF Cup tournament in Bangladesh. Our team has defeated Nepal and Bhutan to qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament, where we take on team India on the 12th of September. We need your support for the same, please support us and pray for us. This is your team.” Also Read - Highlights | India vs Pakistan Men's Asia Cup Hockey 2022: Arch-Rivals Play Out a 1-1 Draw
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This video rings a bell among the Indian supporters, when a few months ago Sunil Chhetri had uploaded a video on his official social media handle, urging the Indian supporters to come to the stadium and get behind the team. The Indian skipper revealed he did so because of the lack of support at the stadium during matches.
The nations of India and Pakistan are widely cricket-centric when it comes to sports, and most of the other sports like football are overseen.
Team India remain favourites in the tournament by the virtue of remaining the only unbeaten side in the tournament so far and will look to continue their remarkable run make with a win in the summit clash.
In the tournament, The Blue Colts were placed in Group B alongside Sri Lanka and the Maldives while Group A consisted of Nepal, Pakistan, hosts Bangladesh, and Bhutan. With big names like Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sandesh Jhingan, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu missing, the young squad led by Subhashish Bose, has performed exceedingly well and have registered back to back wins over Sri Lanka and the Maldives in the group stage.
On the other hand, Pakistan began their tournament campaign with an emphatic 2-1 win over Nepal before losing 1-0 to hosts Bangladesh. However, the team bounced back with a win in their last group game against Bhutan.
The last time the two teams had met in an official match was also in SAFF Championship in Kathmandu in September 2013. India had won 1-0 on that occasion.