A 37-member Bangladesh national football contingent will fly for Qatar Thursday (Nov 19) morning at 10:30 am to play their FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Round-2 away match against hosts Qatar in Doha on December 4.
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) on Wednesday announced a 37-member Qatar-bound national team including 27 booters and 10 officials without team's British Head Coach Jamie Day, who tested Covid-19 positive for the second time on Monday after being diagnosed with coronavirus in a routine test last Saturday, a day after the victory over Nepal.
All the rest players and officials of Bangladesh tested Covid-19 negative before departure.
However, Jamie Day may join the national squad in Qatar later after recovery.
Earlier on Tuesday, Bangladesh smartly clinched the two-match Mujib Borsho FIFA International Series 1-0 after playing out a goalless draw with touring Nepal in the series-deciding 2nd match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Tuesday.
Bangladesh made a flying start in the two-match series, first of its kind in South Asia during Covid-19 pandemic, beating Nepal 2-0 in the first match last Friday, to taste their first victory over Himalayan nation after five years. .
In the series, Bangladesh not only smartly returned to the international football after about ten months, but also earned morale boost-up ahead of their tough match against Asian giant Qatar..
Earlier, Bangladesh started their campaign in FIFA and AFC joint qualifiers last year with a 0-1 defeat against Afghanistan in the first match in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe on September 10, conceded a 0-2 goals defeat against Asian champions Qatar in the second match in Dhaka on October 10, played to a 1-1 draw against India in their third match in Kolkata on October 15 and conceded 1-4 goals defeat against Oman in the fourth match at the Seeb Sports Stadium in Al Seeb city of Oman on November 14.
In the five-team Group E, Qatar is now leading the point table with 13 points from five matches while Bangladesh are at the bottom place with one point from four matches. Among others, Oman secured 12, Afghanistan 4 and India 3 points.
Bangladesh team: Players-Ashraful Islam Rana, Anisur Rahman Zico, Pappu Hossain, Topu Barman, Bishwanath Ghosh, Yeasin Khan, Rahmat Miya, Sushanto Tripura, Riyadul HasanRayhan Hasan, Jamal Bhuiyan, Atiqur Rahman Fahad, Mamunul Islam Mamun, Sohel Rana, Rabiul Hasan, Biplo Ahamed, Mohammad Ibrahim, Saaduddin, Nabib Newaj Jibon, Towhidul Alam Sabuj, Rakib Hossain, Manik Hossain Mollah, Yeasir Arafat, Monjurur Rahman,Sumon Reza ,Mahbubur Rahman Sufil and MS Bablu.
Officials: Amer Khan (Manager), Stuart Paul Watkiss (Asstt Coach), Masud Parvez Kaiser (Asstt Coach), Leslie Cleevely(Goalkeeping Coach), Ivan Razlog (Fitness Coach), Andre Juan Carle (Physio), Fuad Hasan Hawlader (Physio), M Atiquzzaman (Doctor), Hasan Mahmud (Media Officer) and Mohamad Mohsin (Attendant)..
Hosts Bangladesh smartly clinched the two-match Mujib Borsho FIFA International Series 1-0 after playing out a goalless draw with touring Nepal in the series-deciding 2nd match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Tuesday.
Bangladesh made a flying start in the two-match series, first of its kind in South Asia during Covid-19 pandemic, beating Nepal 2-0 in the first match last Friday, to taste their first victory over Himalayan nation after five years.
After winning series against upper ranked Nepal, Bangladesh, which are struggling in FIFA ranking, may have to wait for some good news from FIFA.
In the series, Bangladesh not only smartly returned to the international football after about ten months, but also took sweet revenge for their two consecutive defeats against Nepal.
Like the first match, Bangladesh Television telecast the match live while Bangladesh Betar broadcast the running commentary.
The British Head Coach of Bangladesh team Jamie Day was not seen in the dug-out of Bangladesh team today (Tuesday) as he tested Covid-19 positive for the 2nd consecutive time on Monday.
Assistant coach Stuart Watkiss was in the dug-out of Bangladesh team on Tuesday, first as national coach at the age of 54, in absence.of Jamie Day.
But, a good number of soccer fans, which gathered at the stadium to witness a good football from the home team, left the field with frustration due to their poor show.
Bangladesh played comparatively good in the first half with Sumon Reza and Nabib Newaj Zibon spoiling two good chances, but they were flopped in the 2nd half.
Bangladesh luckily escaped from conceding a goal in the dying moment when a Nepalese attempt missed the target hitting the side post.
Custodian Ashraful Islam Rana and defender Yeasin Khan included in the Bangladesh best eleven in the match in place of Anisur Rahman Zico and defender Riadul Hasan.
Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez will miss the chance to face his former club FC Barcelona this Saturday after testing positive for COVID-19.
Suarez is currently on international duty with Uruguay and the Uruguayan Football Federation confirmed his positive test result in a communique on Monday.
The positive means he will miss Uruguay's FIFA World Cup qualifier against Brazil and also Atletico's La Liga match against Barcelona on Saturday in the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Suarez scored 198 goals for Barcelona in six seasons with the club and already has five league goals since joining Atletico this summer, and the 33-year-old lining up against his former club would have been one of the big attractions of the weekend.
The striker will also miss the following week's Champions League game against Lokomotiv Moscow and La Liga match at Valencia.
Hosts Bangladesh need a draw to win the two-match Mujib Borsho FIFA International Series 2020 against Nepal in the series-deciding match at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday.
The match will kick-off at 5pm (Bangladesh time) with maximum 8,000 spectators allowed in the stadium following health guidelines.
Like the first match, Bangladesh Television will telecast the match live while Bangladesh Betar will broadcast the running commentary.
Bangladesh dominated the two-match series (1-0), first of its kind in South Asia during Covid-19 pandemic, beating Nepal after five years by 2-0 goals in the first match last Friday at the same venue.
With Friday's victory, Bangladesh not only smartly returned to the international football after about ten months, but also took sweet revenge of their two consecutive defeats against Nepal.
But Bangladesh suffered a big blow as their British Head Coach Jamie Day tested Covid-19 positive for the second time on Monday after being diagnosed with coronavirus in a routine test last Saturday, a day after the victory over Nepal.
Jamie Day will not only miss Tuesday's series decider but will also fail to accompany the Qatar-bound national team, scheduled to fly on Nov 19 to play their World Cup qualifying match against Qatar in Doha on December 4.
But Jamie Day may join the national squad in Qatar later after recovery.
This will be the first time Jamie Day will not be seen in the dug-out of the Bangladesh team since his appointment in May 2018. Assistant coach Stuart Watkiss will be in charge in his absence.
Two categories of tickets will be released for the match with the VIP ticket costing Tk 500 and gallery tickets Tk 100 each.
Bangladesh football team head coach Jamie Day has tested Covid-19 positive.
The former Arsenal player tested positive in the routine test carried out on all the players and staff of both Bangladesh and Nepal on Saturday, the day after the hosts' 2-0 win against the visitors.
However, all the other staff and players tested negative.
It is a big blow for the Bangladesh team ahead of their tough World Cup qualifying match against Qatar in Doha on December 4 and the series-decider against Nepal on Tuesday.
As his test report came positive, the British coach went into isolation in his hotel room. It was learned that the 41-year-old has a mild cold and no other serious symptoms.
However, the Bangladesh Football Federation decided to do another test on Sunday to be sure about his condition, said an official.
Assistant coach Stuart Watkiss will run the training sessions of the national team in Jamie's absence.
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