BFF announced a 25-man squad for Qatar tour as a 37-member contingent excluding Day leaving here for Doha today morning
Bangladesh are going to face quite a challenge to prepare the team in only two weeks before playing the World Cup qualifying away fixture against Qatar and interim coach in charge, Stuart Watkiss labelled the game as the ‘hardest encounter’ in two years.
It’s been only three weeks in the training for the two FIFA friendly against Nepal and unsurprisingly the lacking in full match fitness was obvious. Qatar players on the other hand have been in competitive mood for two to three months but that is just one of the differences out of many with the reigning Asian champions.
“That provides massive challenge. We have to improve dramatically next two weeks. This will be by far the hardest encounter since me and Jamie came.” said Watkiss at the Zoom press conference while hoping quick recovery of head coach Jamie Day.
Soon afterwards, the BFF announced a 25-man squad for Qatar tour as a 37-member contingent excluding Day leaving here for Doha today morning. Day is awaiting negative Covid-19 report to take the flight later.
Shahidul Alam Sohel, Tutul Badsha, Tariq Qazi, Masuk Mia Jonny, Arifur Rahman and Md Abdullah were left out from the initial 36-man squad due to injury.
Amer Khan as manager, Les Cleevely as goalkeeping coach, Ivan Razlog as fitness coach and Andre Juan Carle as physio will be traveling with the national team for the first time.
25-man Squad for Qatar tour
Goalkeepers: Ashraful Rana, Anisur Zico, Pappu Hossain.
Defenders- Topu Barmon, Yeasin Khan, Bishwanath Ghosh, SushantaTripura, Rayhan Hassan, Rahmat Mia, Yeasir Arafat, and Manjurul Manik,
Midfielders- Atiqur Fahad, Rabiul Hasan, Biplu Ahmed, Mohammad Ibrahim , Mamunul Islam, Sohel Rana, Riyadul Rafi, Jamal Bhuiyan, Manik Mollah, Rakib Hossain.
Forwards- Nabib Newaz Jibon, Mahbubur Rahman Sufil, Towhidul Alam Sabuj, Saad Uddin, MS Bablu and Sumon Reza.