LAHORE - Pakistan women football team captain Maria Khan has said that the 7-0 victory against Maldives has boosted the team’s morale and the girls are determined to do well in upcoming assignments. 

Addressing the press conference held here at the PFF Headquarters on Thursday, Maria, along with head coach Adeel Rizki, team members and others, said: “The victory against Maldives in the SAFF Football Championship has boosted the team’s morale. After a long gap of eight years, we got an opportunity to participate in an international event. 

“There was also limited time for preparations but we tried our best in a better way. During the mega event, there were signs of improvement in performance and I am glad that the girls did their best. We will work harder for future competitions and try to give better results,” she affirmed. 

Coach Adeel Rizki said: “A comeback is not easy for any player if they are playing after a long gap, when a whole team is making a comeback, then its difficulties can be estimated. The women’s team, we made in a short interval, had its first assignment at the international level but the journey towards improvement will continue. We can’t compare our team players to big names but we still found an impressive talent in form of Nadia Khan. The work will be done to improve the skills and fitness of the players and new talent will also be sought soon.” 

PFF NC Chairman Haroon Malik said: “The participation of the women’s team in the SAFF Championship is the beginning of new era. The performance of the team was encouraging, and it will be provided with the best facilities by the PFF for the preparation of future events. We have a lot more to offer not only to women footballers but also to our senior and junior teams, and players of other latest formats.”