Bangladesh, Afghanistan continue tussle over venue

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:20, Feb 24,2021


The Asian Football Confederation on Wednesday asked the Bangladesh Football Federation and Afghanistan Football Association to come to an understanding about the venue of their March 25 FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 joint qualifiers Group-E match.

Bangladesh are supposed to host Afghanistan on March 25 in Sylhet but the Afghans are unwilling to travel to Bangladesh, citing COVID-19 travel restrictions as the cause.

‘The AFC sent us [BFF] a letter and asked to consider the situation of Afghanistan and to come to an understanding over the venue,’ said BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag.

But the BFF remains firm on their decision of hosting the match in Sylhet, as per the original schedule, and will wait for a final decision from AFC.

‘We will stick to the feedback that we gave earlier that we want to avail our homeground advantage. We will send a letter to the AFC reiterating our stance,’ Shohag told the media in a video message.

‘AFC also forwarded us a self-explanatory letter they got from AFA and asked us to come to an understanding regarding the matter and also asked for further feedback from BFF,’ he said.

A couple of days back the AFC said in a statement called off the May-June qualifiers match and said that they are working to play those matches at a centralised venue in Qatar or Oman during FIFA’s international window from May 31 to June 15.

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