The Green-Shirts were able to hold back the much stronger Bahrainis as Zavisa Milosavljevic’s team continued their fine form in the Middle-East.
Under the tutelage of the Serbian, Pakistan have truly transformed themselves into a quality team that can often play above their heads. The case was strengthened by their recent wins in Thailand and an unbeaten campaign in Palestine, although scoring has
been an issue that is yet to be resolved.
The defence has been nearly impenetrable under the former Lesotho boss but the forwards have wasted chance after chance of securing victory. This was again seen in their latest clash against Bahrain’s U-22s, who were clear favourites to come out on top.
Surprisingly Pakistan held on for a draw, although a sensational win was only a whisker away with the likes of Adil Ahmed, Riaz Ahmed, skipper Kaleem Ullah and Faisal Iqbal all spurring golden chances to net the opener.
While the team could not achieve a win, the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) claimed that tours like these afforded the troops to get some much needed exposure.
“These tours will help the players gain international experience,” said Secretary Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi.
Coach Zavisa Milosavljevic also praised the side, claiming that they had done themselves justice against very strong opposition.
"The boys played very well against Bahrain which was the most senior and seasoned side of the teams featuring in the Arab countries," the tactician said.