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Bangladesh Football team return home from Qatar

Bangladesh National Football team returned home from Qatar early Thursday after completing their Group E 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup joint qualifiers campaign.

Bangladesh directly qualified for the final round of the Asian Cup despite losing to Oman O-3 and India O-2 in the qualifiers.

Soon after their arrival, the Bangladesh team went into a three-day quarantine.

Bangladesh coach Jamie Day said, “Our first target has been achieved. I am happy with the performance of the boys. They worked hard.”

Bangladesh finished fifth in the five-team Group E, securing two points from two draws in eight matches, one point each against Afghanistan and India.

However, Bangladesh reached the AFC Asian Cup 2023 final round qualifiers, avoiding the play-off stage, as one of the three best fifth-place teams among the eight Asian groups.

After completing the group matches, Bangladesh finished 35th in Asia.

The top 13 teams of Asia will play in the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers and the final round of the AFC Asian Cup 2023.

The 14th to 35th ranked teams including India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will play six matches of AFC Asian Cup final round qualifiers from February to September next year at home and away venues.

The remaining and bottom four teams of Asia – Indonesia, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei and Guam – will compete in the play-off stage for the remaining two slots of the 24-team Asian Cup final qualifiers.

Source: United News of Bangladesh