Asia's World Cup football qualifiers postponed

Staff Correspondent | Published: 14:00, Aug 12,2020


Asia's upcoming qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup football have been postponed to next year because of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said on Wednesday.

No new dates were announced for the games, which were due to take place over four match days around the region in October and November.

FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation said the matches were postponed ‘with the aim of protecting the health and safety of all participants’.

‘FIFA and the AFC will continue to work together to closely monitor the situation in the region and to identify new dates for the respective qualifying matches,’ they said in a joint statement.

Bangladesh are at the bottom in Group E in the Preliminary round of Joint Qualifiers behind Qatar, Oman, Afghanistan and India with just one point from four matches.

They were scheduled to play their remaining four matches in March-June, but the Asian Football Confederation suspended the matches due to global coronavirus pandemic.

The matches were rescheduled for October-November, prompting Bangladesh’s English coach Jamie Day to recently call-up 36 players for a preliminary training camp.

Before joining the training camp, the players had to go for mandatory COVID-19 test and in the first two days of the process 11 of 24 players tested found coronavirus positive.


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