A total of 12 players did their Covid-19 tests at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka from where the results were given
Four footballers of the Bangladesh national team including defender Bishwanath Ghosh and three new faces Mathews Bablu, Nazmul Islam Rasel and Sumon Reza tested Covid-19 positive Wednesday.
A total of 12 players did their Covid-19 tests at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka from where the results were given.
The players were earlier instructed to do their Covid-19 tests on their own.
Bishwanath underwent the test and got the report the previous day.
The remaining eight players with negative reports were sent to Sarah Resort in Gazipur where national team begin residential practice camp ahead of the forthcoming World Cup and Asian Cup joint qualifying matches.
“It’s sad news. None of them showed any symptoms of coronavirus. Their treatment is important now and they will be kept isolated from the rest. They will go through another test a week later,” said national team manager Satyajit Das Rupu to Dhaka Tribune.
It is the first time that Bablu, Rasel and Sumon have been called up to the national team by head coach Jamie Day.
Bishwanath was staying home while the remaining three were staying at BFF dormitory when the report was compiled.
The other members who tested negative and joined the camp are Biplu Ahmed, Mahbubur Rahman Sufil, Yeasin Arafat, Mohammad Abdullah, Manik Hossain, Manjurur Rahman, Faysal Ahmed Fahim and Pappu Hossain.
A total of 12 more players will go through similar process Thursday before moving to Gazipur.
They are Anisur Rahman Zico, Sushanta Tripura, Rabiul Hasan, Arifur Rahman, Shahidul Alam Sohel, Saad Uddin, Sohel Rana, Mohammad Ibrahim, Rahmat Mia, Riyadul Hasan Rafi, Rakib Hossain and Tutul Hossain Badshah.
Seven senior footballers are scheduled to report Friday.
Local coaches Masud Parvez Kaiser and Syed Golam Jilani went to Gazipur with eight team members along with physio Hasan Fuad and team staff Mohsin.
The 31 footballers out of a total of 36 of the preliminary squad are scheduled to join the camp splitting into three groups in three different days until Friday.
Day is expected to take charge of the team later this month.
All the players are out of any footballing activities since late March as the coronavirus pandemic started to spread in the country and government postponed all sorts of sporting activities.
Bangladesh host Afghanistan on October 8, face Qatar away from home on October 13, lock horns against India at home on November 12 before finishing the group stage on November 17 by hosting Oman.