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Argentina removes Dhaka fixture

  • Published at 08:13 pm October 24th, 2019
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According to the new fixtures, Argentina will now face Uruguay in Israel on November 19

Football fans around Bangladesh were eagerly anticipating to witness the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and other members of the Argentina national team to grace the country for a second time to face off against their Paraguayan counterparts in an international friendly. 

Much to their disappointment, the Argentine Football Association has altered its fixtures to remove the game against Paraguay, previously scheduled to take place on November 18.

According to the new fixtures, Argentina will now face Uruguay in Israel on November 19.

However, officials at Bangladesh Football Federation are still hoping to host Argentina in the near future.

“We are still confident about organizing the match but I cannot say with certainty, whether or not it will take place in Dhaka. We will get to know for sure in a few days time,” said Abu Nayeem Shohag, general secretary of the BFF. 

BFF is in constant communication with the agent, through whom, they are trying to organize the friendly to ask for an official document to mark its legitimacy. 

According to the rules and regulations of holding a friendly on a neutral venue, the organizing federation receives a Fifa-regulated form signed by the two participating teams’ federation presidents. 

The official form is received from the same agency. 

The host federation then applies for Fifa’s approval to organize the fixture. 

BFF is now fearing that it will not be able to complete the due process within such a short span of time.

Expressing his concern, BFF senior vice-president Abdus Salam Murshedy said, “We were interested to organize the fixture to celebrate the centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birthday. Since that is not possible now, we are trying to organize it after March, 2019. Bringing them (Argentina national team) in such short time will be cumbersome. However, we cannot completely disregard the possibility of the fixture since we are still negotiating with the agents to provide more time. We will be able to confirm by next week whether Argentina will come to Dhaka or not.”

The two-time world champion last played an international friendly in Dhaka on September 6, 2011, against Nigeria.