Virus hits five more footballers

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:57, Aug 06,2020


Four members of the Bangladesh national football team’s preliminary squad leave the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital after giving their samples for COVID-19 test on Thursday. — New Age photo

The number of COVID-19 infected players in the national Football team rose to nine on Thursday after five more players were determined COVID-19 positive, a day after four players were found to be carrying the virus.

Out of the 12 players who got tested on Thursday, Abahani Limited defender Tutul Hosain Badsha, midfielder Sohel Rana, goalkeeper Sahidul Alam, Bashundhara Kings midfielder Mohammad Ibrahim and defender Sushanto Tripura tested positive for the virus.

The remaining seven players – goalkeeper Anisur Rahman, defender Rahmat Mia, midfielders Rabiul Hasan, Rakib Hossain, Riyadul Hasan, Arifur Rahman and forward Saad Uddin were free to join the camp, starting on August 7 ahead of Bangladesh’s FIFA-AFC qualifiers in October-November.

All 12 players were part of the second group to report to the Bangladesh Football Federation and they gave their samples for COVID-19 testing at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital on Thursday morning.

Earlier in the first phase on Wednesday, Bangladesh Police FC strikers MS Bablu and Nazmul Islam Rasel and Uttar Baridhara striker Suman Reza, who got their maiden calls to join the national team camp, were found positive for coronavirus.

The fourth member of the first batch to contract the virus, Bashundhara Kings defender Bishwanath Ghosh, did not report to BFF on Wednesday as he tested positive for it the day before.

The BFF had made COVID-19 test mandatory for all 36 players who were called up to the preliminary squad and had asked a total of 12 players to report to the federation each in the first and second phase.

The remaining seven players are scheduled to be tested on Friday before checking-in at the Sarah Resort in Gazipur for the camp.

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