Bangladesh conceded 2-0 defeat at home against the 2022 World Cup hosts on 10 October, 2019. They were previously scheduled for the away fixture on 13 October this year but that was postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic
The upcoming World Cup and Asian Cup qualifying fixtures are yet to be finalized. Jamie Day set his focus on Nepal games but the Bangladesh head coach said that the two friendlies would be good preparation for the side before playing Qatar away.
Qatar currently sit at the top of Group E standings with four wins and a draw from as many matches while Bangladesh are at the bottom with only a point from four outings.
Bangladesh conceded 2-0 defeat at home against the 2022 World Cup hosts on 10 October, 2019. They were previously scheduled for the away fixture on 13 October this year but that was postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are not thinking about Qatar game. It’s not been confirmed or agreed yet. There have been discussions in place but the main focus is just to play the games against Nepal coming up. It’s most important games right now,” Day told media.
“If the Qatar game goes ahead, then obviously, this is good preparation we had in full games in November before travelling to Qatar,” the English coach continued while replying to a query after Monday’s practice session at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
“We played Qatar here. It would be tough game whether it’s home or away. So if we play it, we get prepared as we can. We have got enough training time and hopefully we get some games in before that game and get prepared.”
The team has begun tactical work on and off the pitch after focusing on fitness during the first two weeks of practice camp due to long Covid-19 hiatus.
There are currently 32 players in the camp including Mamunul Islam and Md Abdullah who are doing rehab apart from team practice. Some first-team players like Matin Miah, Masuk Miah Jonny and Tutul Hossain Badsha are out of the camp due to injury.
Nepal will also be missing four first-team members due to Covid-19 infection. It seems like the visitors also started working on tactical side as they trained closed door at the Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi ground today ahead of the much-awaited Fifa friendlies on November 13 and 17.