Bangladesh made a flying start in the two-match "Mujib Borsho FIFA International Football Series", beating Nepal 2-0 in the opening match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Friday.
Striker Nabib Newaj Jibon and substitute striker Mahbubur Rahman Sufil scored for the Red and Green, one in each half, against the all Red Nepal.
With the day's match, Bangladesh smartly returned to the international football after about ten months with a long-awaited victory over Nepal after playing last in the Bangabandu Gold Cup semifinal against Burundi on January 23.
State owned Bangladesh Television telecast the match live while Bangladesh Betar broadcast the running commentary from the big bowl.
Striker Nabib Newaj Jibon put hosts Bangladesh ahead in the very 10th minute of the match with a smart finish on the run after a 6-yard box melee, that resulted from a dangerous right wing cross of Saaduddin (1-0).
Sufil, who came on to replace Sumon Reza, sealed the fate of the match in the 79th minute with a solo effort, off a Rahmat Miya pass.
He scored the 2nd goal for Bangladesh by an angular placing shot beating two opponent defenders and custodian, after entering the danger zone from left wing (2-0).
With the day's feat, Bangladesh not only avenged two consecutive defeats against Nepal, but also earned morale boost up ahead of their FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Qatar in Doha on December 4.
The Himalayan country Nepal, which arrived in the capital last Thursday (Nov 5), will play their remaining FIFA International friendly against the hosts team on November 17 at the same venue.
Bangladesh comparatively dominated the first half of the match and spoiled three more close calls, but Nepal try to reorganise themselves in the 2nd half to level the margin, but failed and conceded a huge defeat.
Goal keeper Anisur Rahman Zico and forward Sumon Reza made their debuts in the match.
Apart from regular captain Jamal Bhuiyan, Topu Barman and Yeasin Khan also captained Bangladesh team in the match for sometimes after Bhuiyan was taken off, probably with an eye on the next game and the all-important qualifiers ahead.
Bangladesh squad: Anisur Rahman Zico, Topu Barman, Bishwanath Ghosh, Riadul Hasan, Rahmat Miya, Jamal Bhuiyan (Atiqur Rahman Fahad), Mohammad Ibrahim,Saaduddin, Nabib Newaj Jibon, Manik Hossain Mollah (Sohel Rana) and Sumon Reza (Mahbubur Rahman Sufil).
The two-match 'Mujib Borsho FIFA International Football Series' 2020 between Bangladesh and Nepal national football teams begins on Friday (Nov 13) at Bangabandhu National Stadium.
With the match, Bangladesh are going to return to international football after about ten months.
Nepalese football team, which arrived in Dhaka on Nov 5, will play their remaining FIFA International friendly against the hosts on November 17 at the same venue.
Both matches will kick-off at 5pm (Bangladesh time) with maximum 8,000 spectators to be allowed to witness the match at the stadium following health guidelines.
State-owned Bangladesh Television will telecast both the matches live while Bangladesh Beter will broadcast the running commentary of the matches.
Two categories of tickets will be released for the two-match series with VIP ticket costing Tk 500 and gallery tickets Tk 100 each.
The British Head Coach of Bangladesh National Football team Jamie Day accompanied by team's Assistant coach Stuart Watkiss, newly appointed goalkeeping coach Les Cleevely and other foreign coaching staffs are grooming the team ahead of series against Nepal.
Meanwhile, Head Coach Jamie Day on Thursday announced a 23-member Bangladesh squad.
Goal Keepers- Shahidul Alam Sohel and Anisur Rahman.
Defenders-Topu Barman, Yeasin Khan, Bishwanath Ghosh, Susanto Tripura, Riadul Hasan, Rahmat Miya and Yasir Arafat.
Midfielders-Atiqur Rahman Fahad, Rabiul Hasan, Biplu Ahmed, Mohammad Ibrahim, Sohel Rana, Jamal Bhuiyan (Captain), Manik Hossain Mollah and Rakib Hossain.
Forwards -Mahbubur Rahman Sufil, Towhidul Alam Sabuj, Saaduddin, Nabib Newaj Jibon, SM Bablu and Sumon Reza.
Lionel Messi has been declared fit for Argentina's 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Peru by Lionel Scaloni.
The head coach on Wednesday said Lionel Messi is available for both of Argentina's 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Peru despite a recent ankle problem, reports Xinhua.
Earlier, the Barcelona forward trained freely with Argentina's squad ahead of the team's clash with Paraguay at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires on Thursday.
"It's known at Barcelona that he has been playing for a while with discomfort in his ankle but it does not prevent him from playing," Scaloni said during a virtual press conference.
On Saturday, Messi came off the bench at half-time to score two goals and set up another in Barcelona's 5-2 home victory over Real Betis in La Liga.
Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman said the forward did not start because he was "not fresh", without providing details of any physical problem.
Following Thursday's match, the Argentina squad will travel to Lima for another qualifier against Peru next Tuesday.
The Albiceleste are currently second in the 10-team South American zone qualifying standings, behind Brazil on goal difference.
Bangladesh National Football team will play hosts Qatar in Doha on December 4 in one of their four remaining Group E Joint Qualifications matches of the FIFA World Cup Qatar' 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 that postponed twice this year for Covid-19 pandemic.
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) approved the fresh schedule for Qatar-Bangladesh return group match on December 4 after getting the clearance from FIFA, following the appeal of Qatar for hosting the match with the consent of Bangladesh.
The remaining Group E matches were originally scheduled for March-April and then shifted to October-November this year, but the coronavirus situation across the countries forced to postpone both the previous schedule.
In the recent past schedule (postponed) of the five-team group, Bangladesh due to play Afghanistan, India and Oman on Oct 8, Nov 12 and 17 respectively in their home matches while due to meet the Asian champions Qatar in their lone away match on Oct 13 in Doha.
However, the fixture of the remaining three Group E matches of Bangladesh yet to be confirmed, apart from the match against 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.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh national football team, now groomed under five foreign coaching staffs headed Jamie Day to return to international football after about ten months through this month's "Mujib Borsho FIFA International Football Series' 2020 against Nepal.
Nepalese Football team arrived in the capital last Thursday (Nov 5) by special chattered flight to play two FIFA International Football Series with hosts Bangladesh on November 13 and 17 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here.
Both the matches will kick-off at 5 pm (Bangladesh time) with some 8,000 fans is likely to be allowed to witness the match at the stadium following the health guideline.
FC Uttar Bango beat Begum Anwara Sporting Club 4-1 in the seven-team Tricotex Women's Football League 2019-20
at the Kamalapur Stadium here Tuesday.
The winners led the first half by 2-0 goals in the opening 7th round match in the afternoon.
Sultan struck twice in the 28th and 71st minutes, Tonima and Rekha scored the other two goals for the winners in the 34th and 60th minutes respectively.
Elamoni scored the consolation goal for the losers in the 75th minute.
In the remaining 7th round first phase matches, Spartan MK Gallactico Sylhet FC will play Jamalpur Kacharipara Ekadash at 12 noon while Nasrin Sports Academy will face Kumilla United at 3 pm, both on Wednesday (Nov 11) at the same venue.
After the 2nd registration window from November 12-18, the 2nd phase league matches will begin on November 20 and will conclude on December 12 at the same venue.
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