The third edition of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Women’s championship will begin today in Islamabad, Pakistan. Although security concerns increased clouds of doubt as the tournament loomed closer, especially amplified by the deadly attacks at the beginning of November carried out by the Taliban, the tournament will go ahead as the Pakistani Football Federation has assured that security will not be an issue.
After draws were conducted on Monday at the captain’s meeting, two-time champions India have been pitted in Group A with Bangladesh, Maldives and Afghanistan. Hosts Pakistan will be facing two times runners-up Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka.
With all the matches taking place at the Jinnah Football Stadium in Islamabad, the Pakistani Football Federation expressed how this will be an opportunity for them to show the world that they are capable of hosting top sporting events despite growing security concerns.