Striker Jibon likely to play against Qatar

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:04, Nov 24,2020


Bangladesh national team players do some cycling during a gym session in Doha on Tuesday. — BFF photo

Injured Bangladesh forward Nabib Newaz Jibon is recovering fast and may play against Qatar in their 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup joint qualifier Group E match on December 4.

Jibon, who suffered an injury on his right knee during Bangladesh’s second international friendly match against Nepal in Dhaka on November 17, is scheduled to leave for Qatar today to join his team-mates.

After the injury, national team physiotherapist Andre Juan Carle said that Jibon would be out for at least four weeks but the striker feels that he is ready to play.

‘Now  I am feeling well after taking medicine and having rest…I may play against Qatar, if our trainer in Qatar gives me green signal,’ Jibon told New Age on Tuesday.

‘If I can recouver with full fitness before the match day, of course I will play. Still there is a possibility,’ he added.

Jibon will fly for Qatar today along with Bangladesh Football Federation team observer Imteaz Hamid and after reaching Doha both will undergo COVID-19 tests and will remain in a three-day mandatory quarantine.

On the other hand, Bangladesh will take on local side Qatar Army in their first warm-up match today at 8:30pm Bangladesh Standard Time at the Al Aziziyah Boutique ground in Doha.

Ahead of the match, Bangladesh trained for the third consecutive day on Tuesday at the Al Aziziyah Boutique ground in Doha.

‘Today [Tuesday] we did some passing drill, practiced set pieces and the coach [assistant Stuart Watkiss] described some match situations as per our positions,’ said defender Rahmat Mia through a video message provided by BFF.

Bangladesh left for Qatar on November 19 without their COVID-19 infected head coach Jamie Day, defender SM Monjurur Rahman Manik and injured Jibon.

Day has been in isolation for the last 10 days and is expecting to join the team before the FIFA-AFC qualifier match.

‘Tomorrow [Wednesday] is 11 days since I first tested positive. So I believe, once 14, I will be fine. Hopefully [will be with the team] a couple of days before that day [match day],’ Day told New Age.

Day believed that the two warm-up matches would not be enough for his charges to gain full match-fitness but it will be helpful.

‘I think, it can help but it won’t be enough…It’s just about getting some more match fitness into the legs,’ he added.

BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag informed that Day will go for another follow-up test after two days while Manik gave swab on Tuesday and the result is expected to come out today.

‘As soon as they will be found COVID-19 negative, both will fly for Qatar,’ said Shohag.

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