The Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) has embarked on a crucial mission to enhance the infrastructure at Jinnah Stadium by installing state-of-the-art floodlights. This initiative gained momentum following Pakistan’s historic triumph against Cambodia in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Round 1, igniting hopes for an improved stadium experience.

With Saudi Arabia’s impending visit on June 6 for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Round 2 Group G match, anticipation is at an all-time high. To meet the stringent requirements set by FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), approximately 225 floodlights are slated for installation.

A pivotal inspection by FIFA and AFC officials is scheduled for April 6, just ahead of the Saudi Arabia clash. The deadline to submit the venue for approval looms on April 7, underscoring the urgency of the situation.

In addition to floodlight upgrades, plans are underway to revamp the VIP area with the installation of new seats, potentially accommodating an additional 300 spectators. Deputy Director General of PSB has been tasked with overseeing floodlight inspection and preparations, ensuring adherence to FIFA standards, which mandate a minimum luminosity of 1800 lumens.

The initiative to install floodlights was spurred by a request from the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Normalisation Committee President, who sought to bolster Pakistan’s bid for FIFA Qualifiers hosting rights. Previous delays in floodlight installation had put hosting rights for the Jordan match at risk earlier this year, highlighting the urgency of timely execution.

While progress has been witnessed in floodlight and seat installation, concerns linger over meeting deadlines. With preparations intensifying ahead of the crucial FIFA World Cup Qualifier match against Saudi Arabia, the spotlight is firmly on the PSB’s ability to deliver on its commitments and ensure the stadium upgrades are completed on time.

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