A meeting of the national team management committee was held at BFF House in Dhaka Thursday where it was also informed that the Bangladesh Football Federation is trying to arrange a couple of international friendlies at home before the next qualifier
Bangladesh football team will resume their training camp on September 25 to officially begin their preparation for the next two 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup joint qualification matches against Asian champion Qatar and India next month.
A meeting of the national team management committee was held at BFF House in Dhaka Thursday where it was also informed that the Bangladesh Football Federation is trying to arrange a couple of international friendlies at home before the next qualifier.
“The camp will resume on September 25 ahead of the Qatar and India game. After hosting Qatar, we will leave for Kolkata the following day. We decided [Thursday] that we want to play two international friendlies at home. We have not decided yet whom we will play against,” said national team management committee deputy chairman Tabith Awal after the meeting.
“We discussed about the last game against Afghanistan. It was disappointing not to win, but we are satisfied with the performance in the Afghanistan game where the players showed fighting spirit till the 90 minute. We are hopeful and confident of giving more fight in the next games and get some points,” added Tabith.
National team head coach Jamie Day explained as to why he did not start the camp earlier.
“We don’t need to have a longer camp now because the boys showed that they are fit enough, and showed that their attitude was very good. Making the camp longer can have negative effect on the players, both mentally and physically,” said Day.
The English coach added, “The camp time is a good start place for us. It gives enough time to work on the players. It’s not too long and I pretty much trust the players. I’m looking forward to the new camp as we will try to get some positive results in the upcoming matches.”
India held 2022 World Cup host Qatar to a creditable draw in a qualifiers game Wednesday.
When asked about his views on both of Bangladesh’s next two opponents, Day replied, “We are still looking at Afghanistan game to see where we can improve on. Over the next couple of weeks, we will start the process looking at Qatar and India. We will do the proper homework, all the areas, strength and weaknesses.”
Day will leave here for England today while assistant coach Stuart Watkiss will fly back home Saturday.
Bangladesh will host Qatar in the next Group E World Cup qualifier at Bangabandhu National Stadium on October 10 before playing India away at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on October 15.