National football team off to Qatar

Publish: 7:26 PM, November 19, 2020 | Update: 7:26:PM, November 19, 2020

DHAKA, – The Bangladesh national football team left here for Qatar today to play their away match of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifiers round-2 against Asian Champions Qatar scheduled to be held on December 4.

But, big blow for prior to the departure of Bangladesh team as Monjurur Rahman and Nabib Newaz Ziban could not fly with the contingent. Monjurur was tested for COVID-19 positive while Ziban missed the Qatar tour due to his injury problem.

Bangladesh national football team’s manager Amer Khan prior to the departure through a video message today informed that Monjurur tested positive for COVID-19 so he has been left here. A second test will be arranged for Monjurur after three days. If he returns with negative result, then he will be able to join with the team.

Amer said the team is also going Qatar leaving striker Ziban, who’s injury problem was caught at the last moment. If his injury problem improve in the next three days, then he would be brought in Qatar.

The two footballers’ absence in the team means twenty five out of twenty seven booters left today for Qatar.

Squads: Ashraful Islam Rana, Anisur Rahman, Pappu Hossain, Topu Barman, Rahmat Mia, Yeasin Khan, Biswanath Ghosh, Sushanto Tripura, Riyadul Hasan, Jamal Bhuyan, Atiqur Rahman Fahad, Mamunul Islam Mamun, Sohel Rana, Rabiul Hasan, Biplo Ahmed, Mahbubur Rahman, Mohammad Ibrahim, Saad Uddin, Tawhidul Alam Sabuj, Rayhan Hasan, Rakib Hossain, Suman Reza, MS Bablu, Manik Hossain Molla, and Yasin Arafat.

Officials: Amer Khan (team manager), Stuart Paul Wattkiss (assistant coach), Masud Parvez Kaiser (assistant coach), Leslie Cleevely (goalkeeping coach), Irvan Razlog ( fitness coach) , Andre Juan Carle (physiotherapist), Fuad Hasan Hawlader (physiotherapist), Atiquzzaman ( team doctor), Hasan Mahmud (team administrator/ media officer) and Mohsin (team attendant).