BFF mulls Nepal tourney if Afghan tie defers

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:18, Mar 03,2021


Bangladesh Football Federation is contemplating about sending the national team to Nepal’s four-nation tournament from March 21 to 30, if their FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 joint qualifiers match against Afghanistan scheduled on March 25 gets deferred.

‘We were invited by Nepal. If the Bangladesh-Afghanistan match is not held on March [25], we will avail the chance,’ BFF president Kazi Salahuddin said on Wednesday.

BFF and their Afghan counterparts have failed to reach a decision about the venue of their clash as Bangladesh wants to host it in Sylhet while the Afghans want to play it at a neutral venue.

Asian Football Confederation will announce its decision on the matter and the match could get lumped together with the other qualifiers matches, which will be held at neutral venues in May-June this year.

If Bangladesh takes part in the Nepal tournament, BFF will hold a training camp for the national team after the first-leg of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League ends on March 7.

‘If we take part in the Nepal four-nation tournament, we will start camp on March 11 with 23 players,’ said Bangladesh coach Jamie Day.

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