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AFC announces new dates for WC, AC matches

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has announced fresh schedule for the joint qualifications of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup, scheduled for March and June, before being halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


After consultation with FIFA, the AFC on Friday said that the remaining matches of the joint qualifications will be held in October and November.


AFC said match days 7 and 8 are set to take place on Oct 8 and 13 respectively, while match days 9 and 10 are due to kick off on Nov 12 and 17 to ensure the second round of joint qualifications is completed by November this year.


Bangladesh, which was placed in Asian Group E along with World Cup hosts Qatar, Oman, India and Afghanistan, already played four matches out of eight before the competition was stopped for coronavirus.


According to new fixture, Bangladesh will play Afghanistan on October 8 in Sylhet and will face Qatar on October 13 in Doha.


In the remaining matches, Bangladesh will play India on November 12 and Oman on November 17, both in Dhaka.


In the last four qualifying round matches, Bangladesh lost 0-1 against Afghanistan in Dushanbe, lost to Qatar 0-2 in Dhaka, drew 1-1 with India in Kolkata and conceded 1-4 defeat against Oman in the away match and remained at bottom with only one point.


“AFC will continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure the safety and well-being of all teams, officials, fans and stakeholders as well as government travel and medical restrictions and will notify all parties should there be a need to reassess the match schedules due to the ever-evolving impact of the Covid-19 pandemic,” AFC said in a statement.


Source: United News of Bangladesh