Pool B meanwhile, comprises reigning silver medalist India, Maldives and Sri Lanka
Bangladesh have been grouped with defending champion and host Nepal and Bhutan in Pool A as the draw of the South Asian Games’ football competition was held in Kathmandu Friday.
Pool B meanwhile, comprises reigning silver medalist India, Maldives and Sri Lanka.
The top two teams from each group will make it to the semi-finals.
A few days ago, Bangladesh Football Federation general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag said the Indian team will not take part in the 13th edition of the Games.
After getting to know India’s name in the draw, Shohag expressed surprise saying, “After seeing their name in the draw, I asked All India Football Federation GS Kusal Das why they were backtracking from their earlier decision to not participate. I also notified the media accordingly.
“He said their earlier decision still stands, and that they let their Olympics Association know that they would not take part. Now it is upto the Indian and Nepalese Olympic Associations, what they want to do.”
According to the fixtures, the men in red and green will take on the host on December 1, after departing for Kathmandu at the end of this month.
Shohag said they’ll soon talk with premier league winner Bashundhara Kings and request them to release their eight national players for the SA Games.
The BFF GS said in an ideal scenario, they want to begin their preparation for the Games within a couple of days.
The camp was initially scheduled to begin Thursday but got cancelled after the Kings decided not to release the eight out of 20 members of the squad, as they are not obliged to in accordance with the Fifa rules and regulations.
Two-time SA Games champion Bangladesh will take on Bhutan in their second and final group phase game on December 3 as they bid to better their performance from the last edition in 2016 where they bagged bronze.