Bangladesh Football Federation on Wednesday refused Oman and Qatar’s offers to play their next three FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup joint qualifiers return-leg matches at a central venue.
Bangladesh have three home games left in their Group E fixtures of the FIFA-AFC qualifiers against Afghanistan, India and Oman respectively on March 25, June 7 and 15 as per FIFA schedule.
Oman proposed Bangladesh to play all the three matches in Oman on March 24, 27 and 30 while Qatar supported Oman’s proposal and even agreed to host those matches if Oman fails in case.
‘Thanks to them [Oman and Qatar] for their offers but we want to play all three matches at Sylhet Stadium and on those dates as per FIFA fixtures… We want to have home venue advantage,’ said BFF vice-president and national team committee chairman Kazi Nabil Ahmed during a press conference.
‘If FIFA or AFC takes some other decision that will be a different issue.
‘Mainly, Oman proposed this. Qatar also proposed on behalf of Oman. They [Qatar] also offered that, if Oman fails in case, they will host all those matches because some of the countries had offered to play their respective matches in abroad,’ he added.
Bangladesh head coach Jamie Day, who is now in London, echoed Nabil.
‘I have said I don’t want to play in Oman as we lose all home advantage so it’s the worst possible solution for us as we lose all of our home games meaning 5 out of 6 games we played
away in the group,’ Day told New Age through WhatsApp.
‘It will be Interesting because the others will want to play in Oman and not travel to Bangladesh,’ Day added.
Day informed that he will arrive in Dhaka next week.