Bangladesh get new dates for WC qualifiers

Staff Correspondent | Published: 10:47, Jun 06,2020 | Updated: 22:01, Jun 06,2020


A file photo of Bangladesh national football team

Bangladesh may play their remaining four matches of the FIFA-AFC joint qualifiers round-two in October and November as the Asian Football Confederation on Friday announced proposed match dates in consultation with FIFA, said a media release.

According to the proposed fixtures of the five-team Group E matches, Bangladesh will play the home game against Afghanistan on October 8 while playing an away game against Qatar on October 13.

Bangladesh will face India and Oman on November 12 and 17 respectively in the remaining two matches at home.

Those matches were originally scheduled to take place on March 26 and 31 and on June 4 and 9 but were postponed by FIFA on March 9 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The latest decision has been taken with a view to complete the preliminary joint qualification round-two by November 2020 and to commence the subsequent final round of World Cup qualifiers matches as well, the AFC media release stated.

The continental body is also targeting to complete the play-off matches for the AFC Asian Cup 2023 round-three qualifiers by March 2021.

Bangladesh are at the bottom of the group table with one point from a 1-1 draw against India while lost their three games against Afghanistan [0-1], Qatar [0-2] and Oman [1-4].

Qatar were dominating the table with 13 points from five games, followed by Oman, Afghanistan and India with 12, four and three points respectively, playing out their five games each.

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