Jamal Bhuiyan put Qatar ahead while commenting on other teams in the group
National team skipper Jamal Bhuiyan, who was involved in most of the matches during Bangladesh’s sorry 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, admitted that the draw is comparatively easier than last time around and agreed with the coach Jamie Day that his side have a golden chance to cause an upset or two.
Bangladesh are placed in the same group (E) as India, Afghanistan, Oman and Qatar during the draw for the second round of the AFC preliminary competition and qualifiers for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
The official draw was held at the AFC Headquarter in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Wednesday.
“We came in a group where we will have a better and bigger chance than last time we played the World Cup qualifiers group stage. We are still underdog in the group but we can get a good result this time around,” said the midfielder to Dhaka Tribune after the draw.
“India and Afghanistan are familiar opponents and they are not much distant than us. It’s been quite a while we have not played against them so they don’t know how much we have improved our game over the last one year. We will show them that we are changed now.”
Jamal put Qatar ahead while commenting on other teams in the group.
Bangladesh’s all four Group E opponents in the World Cup and Asian Cup joint-qualifiers are much higher ranked than the men in red and green in the current @FIFAcom ranking.https://t.co/dNPYDplvTT#FOOTBALL #BANGLADESH #BANGLADESHFOOTBALL #WORLDCUPFOOTBALL #ASIANCUPFOOTBALL #AFC— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) July 17, 2019
The Saif Sporting Club captain said, “Overall, I think Qatar will be the No 1 team from the group and the other three sides will fight for second and third place.”
Earlier during the 2018 Russia World Cup Asian qualifiers, Bangladesh were drawn in a comparatively difficult group comprising Australia, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and they could manage only one draw against seven defeats in eight matches.
Jamal featured in all games except the one against Jordan.