Bangladesh Football Federation stood firm on its decision of hosting their national team’s home matches of joint qualifiers round two for FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023.
Bangladesh are scheduled to host Afghanistan on March 25 at the Sylhet District Stadium while they will also play against India and Oman respectively on June 7 and 15 in their backyard.
BFF Vice-President and National Teams Committee Chairman Kazi Nabil Ahmed MP told The Daily Sun that they are fully prepared to host any international matches at present.
“The government has controlled the COVID-19 situation. We have vaccines now. Besides, the government knows very well how to take care of foreign teams. West Indies cricket team’s tour in Bangladesh can be a good example of it,” said Nabil.
“Sylhet District Stadium is fully prepared for hosting the international match. I believe the current situation in Bangladesh is much better than in some countries in the Middle-East.
“We have already applied to the government for vaccinating our players. So, the overall situation is in our favour,” he added.
The men in red and green, who were put in the five-team Group E of the joint qualifiers, now have just one point after playing five matches and they are poised at the bottom in the points table.
Earlier, Oman and Qatar individually proposed to host these matches at their homes between March 24 to 30.
Ahead of the FIFA window in March, Asian Football Confederation called upon a teleconference meeting among the Group E participating members on Wednesday to finalise the venues and dates.
Nabil further said, “We will probably finalise the venue and dates in that meeting. We want to organise home matches at home.
“It is a logical stand I think, according to the rules. I think we all will agree it is unfair to play all seven out of eight matches on foreign soil. They (other countries) can raise questions on this issue but of course, we will fulfil their requirements,” he added.