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Bangladesh's WC qualifiers postponed to next year

  • Published at 03:48 pm August 12th, 2020
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Bangladesh footballers pose for photographs at the BFF House last month Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The preliminary practice camp of the national team began last week ahead of the four qualifying matches previously scheduled for October and November

Bangladesh may well not play any more international match in 2020 after Fifa and AFC jointly decided to postpone all qualifying matches in Asia for the 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup to next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  

The preliminary practice camp of the national team began last week ahead of the four qualifying matches previously scheduled for October and November.

"In light of the current Covid-19 situation in many countries, Fifa and the Asian Football Confederation have jointly decided that the upcoming qualifying matches for the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, originally scheduled to take place during the international match windows in October and November 2020, will be rescheduled to 2021," said a statement by the Asian football governing body Wednesday.

"With the aim of protecting the health and safety of all participants, Fifa and the AFC will continue to work together to closely monitor the situation in the region and to identify new dates for the respective qualifying matches," the statement added. 

Bangladesh, who earned one point from four Group E outings last year, were previously scheduled to host Afghanistan on October 8 before playing away in Qatar five days later. 

The practice camp started with individual training sessions on August 5 after 18 players tested Covid-19 positive.

All the players then each went through two more tests Monday but the results have not been revealed yet.

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