Bangladesh coach Jamie Day said that his charges did not get enough rest ahead of their FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 joint qualifiers against Afghanistan, scheduled to be held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on September 10.
Bangladesh will begin their training camp ahead of the game on August 23 before leaving from Tajikistan on September 1 where they will hold a further nine-day conditioning camp.
Bangladesh will also take part in two practice matches against two local Tajik Premier League outfits on September 3 and 5.
Day believed that his boys got enough time for preparation ahead of the match but did not get enough rest as they played in the Bangladesh Premier League that ended on August 3.
‘Yes, more than enough time we have. We discussed it this afternoon. If you look at, players had not enough rest. Some of them are still playing [for Abahani]. They are not going to lose fitness. In the last 14 months this is their only rest,’ said the coach.
Day came up with the remarks after a meeting with the Bangladesh Football Federation national team committee on Monday upon his return from England in the morning after a two-month vacation.
Replying to a query about the selection of preliminary squad, the coach said, ’I think, if you get one fantastic, anyone of Bangladesh have chance to get in national team.’
‘My personal opinion, the players we have picked are ahead of them all [who were not selected]. We picked them up who consistently played good in whole season.
‘We know it is a tough group. We need to be solid and organised against Afghanistan. Of course, our target is to win.’
Bangladesh were drawn with Afghanistan, Qatar, India and Oman in group in the joint-qualifiers.
The Bangladesh Football Fedration announced a 25-man preliminary squad on August 16.
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