Bangladesh face Afghanistan tomorrow

Publish: 9:40 PM, September 9, 2019 | Update: 9:40:PM, September 9, 2019

DHAKA,- Bangladesh are all set to start their joint Qualification (Round-1) of the FIFA World Cup-2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 campaign taking on Afghanistan in the first leg scheduled to be held tomorrow in Tajikistan capital of Dushanbe.

Bangla TV will telecast all the Bangladesh’s Group E home and away matches. The tomorrow’s Bangladesh match against Afghanistan kicks off at 8 pm (BST).

Ahead of the first leg Bangladesh head coach James Day with an interviews said his boys are trained well and he is very pleased with their performance in the friendly games. It is going to be a very tough match against a good team but they are looking forward to win the match, he said.

Commenting about Afghanistan’s 6-0 lose against Qatar, the Bangladesh head coach said Afghans are good team ….they played as an excellent side in Qatar, who are preparing to host the FIFA World Cup. I don’t believe it will down their moral following their previous game defeat.

In 2015, Bangladesh lost 4-0 to Afghanistan but they had also defeated Afghanistan 4-1 in 1979 while four other games ended in draws, however coach said the past record would not influence tomorrow’s match.

“Well I think it shows that it’s going to be tough for Bangladesh as we have not beaten them since 1979. So if we able to get a positive result against them, then will be a fantastic achievement,” he said.

The English born Bangladesh head coach said: “I think it’s a slight advantage for the home team but we have trained and played on astro this week so we have gave ourselves the best chance of getting use to the surface.”

Bangladesh have been put in the Group E along with Qatar, Oman, neighbouring India and Afghanistan. Bangladesh will play their home match against stronger Qatar on October 10, away match with India on October 15, away match against Oman on November 14 and home match with Afghanistan on March 26, away match with Qatar on March 31 Qatar and home matches with India on June 4 and Oman on June 9.

Bangladesh (182) are the lowest ranked side in the group while Afghanistan are ranked 149th. Qatar are the highest-ranked side at 62nd followed by Oman (87) and India (103).

Bangladesh squad: Shahidul Alam Sohel (GK), Ashraful Islam Rana (GK), Anisur Rahman (GK), Sushanto Tripura (DF), Rahmat Miah (DF), Yeasin Khan (DF), Bishwanath Ghosh (DF), Riyadul Hasan (DF), Yeasin Arafat (DF), Tutul Hosain Badsha (DF), Masuk Miah Zoni (MF), Jamal Bhuiyan (MF), Rabiul Hasan (MF), Mamunul Islam Mamun (MF), Sohel Rana (MF), Biplu Ahamed (MF), Arifur Rahman (MF), Mohammad Ibrahim (MF), Mahbubur Rahman (FW), Matin Miah (FW), Nabib Newaz Jiban (FW), Saad Uddin (FW) and Jewel Rana (FW).