The Pakistan team is ranked 201 out of 206 members of the World Football Federation (FIFA) and has been banned from international competition for the past 3 years. This ban has greatly affected Pakistani football.
According to footballpakistan.com, even the fans of this team are not confident about the chances of winning the Olympic Games in ASIAD 2018.
This page said that the Pakistan Olympic Games was in an unhappy situation when it was in the same group with teams from Vietnam, Japan and Nepal.
However, with the format of ASIAD 2018, in which the two top teams in each group and 4 teams ranked third with the best performance will attend the round of 1/8, the Pakistani Olympic is expected to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament.
Leading the Pakistani Olympic team this time is Jose Antonio Nogueira – a coach who has over 20 years of experience in Brazil and Asia when leading clubs such as Nagoya Grampus Eight, Al Ahli, Portuguesa, Gremio Barueri, Emelec, etc.
Nogueira’s best record is the 1998 Ecuadorian championship with Emelec and the Kings Cup (Saudia Arabia) with Al Ahli. The 52-year-old strategist was recently appointed with a three-year contract to lead both the national team and the Pakistani Olympic team.
Accompanying Nogueira at ASIAD 2018 is fellow country coach Jose Beto Portella. The duo is praised by experts for their ability to improve tactics, as well as the physical strength of the Pakistani teams, which have been long focused and competing.
Speaking to the press, strategist Jose Antonio Nogueira said: “I have learned many players of the Vietnamese Olympic Games. I know this team brings Indonesia a very strong squad, with the core of the U23 players just won the Asian runner-up in the Asian League and three players over the age of 23. This is a strong team in Group D as well as ASIAD, obviously we will have a very difficult game coming. “