Booters likely to leave for Dushanbe Sept 1

DHAKA, The national football team will likely to leave

for Tajikistan capital of Dushanbe on September 1 to play Bangladesh's first

match against the wartorn nation Afghanistan in the Joint Qualifiers for the

World Cup2022 and the Asian Cup2022.

Before departure of Dushanbe the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF)

decided to hold a weeklong camp in Dhaka on August 24 or 25. The national

team's committee, however, will finalize the issue in a meeting scheduled to

be held on Monday (August 19).

The national team committee's chairman Nabil Ahmed will brief the pressmen

after the meeting regarding their plans about the national team, informed a

BFF source to BSS.

Meanwhile, the BFF today released a 25member preliminary list of the

national team for the World Cup2022 Joint Qualifiers.

Bangladesh will play their second match against Qatar at the Bangabandhu

National Stadium in Dhaka on October 10 before playing against India on

October 15 at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

Earlier, on Tuesday, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) confirmed

Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, as the home venue for Afghanistan,

ending speculation regarding the venue for Bangladesh's first match against

Afghanistan.

The AFC released venues for the first four match days of the qualifiers

and according to the schedule, Bangladesh will play against Afghanistan at

the Republican Central Stadium in Dushanbe on September 10.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)