Bangladesh footballers will play against Laos in the round-1 of the preliminary joint qualifications for FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023.
The draw held at the AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF).A total of 12 Asian nations will participate in the round-1 of both the tournaments.
Bangladesh, ranked 188th in FIFA, will play the double-legged qualifier against the 184th-ranked Laos on June 6 and June 11 to decide which team will go through to the next round of group-based qualifiers.
The teams are: Bangladesh, Laos, Mongolia, Brunei Darussalam, Macau, Sri Lanka, Laos, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Pakistan, Bhutan and Guam.
The first leg of the round-1 will be held on June 6 with the return leg scheduled to kick-off on June 11. The six winners will join top 34 Asian teams in the round 2 qualifiers, scheduled to be held in September.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh ranked 188thand 41stin the FIFA International Ranking and AFC Ranking respectively while Laos remained 184thand 38th.
The draw result:Bangladesh vs Laos
Mongolia vs Brunei Darussalam
Macau vs Sri Lanka
Malaysia vs Timor-Leste
Cambodia vs Pakistan
Bhutan vs Guam