Bangladesh Football Federation vice-president and National Teams Committee chairman Kazi Nabil Ahmed, MP told the reporters that they would cancel the tri-nation tour in Nepal if the Asian Football Confederation allow them to play the home match of the Joint Qualification Round for the FIFA World Cup’2022 and AFC Asian Cup’2023 against Afghanistan this month.
“We will write to AFC for informing us of our recent correspondence and discussions with AFF. AFC will take the final decision, but we still want to host the match. If AFC postponed the match, then we will go for plan B that means we will tour Nepal. But if they want the match here, we will cancel that tour. The whole thing depends on AFC’s decision. In the meantime, we will start the camp on March 14 and will wait for their decision,” Nabil said after the meeting of the committee at BFF house on Monday.Bangladesh was determined to host the joint qualifiers match against Afghanistan on March 25 at Sylhet District Stadium, but Afghanistan Football Federation reluctant to play the game in Bangladesh. AFF informed BFF in an official letter that they would be interested in playing in a centralised venue in June.
If AFC cancels the match, the men in red and green will fly for Nepal to play a tri-nation tournament involving Kyrgyzstan and the hosts. The tournament is scheduled to be held from March 22 to 30 at Dashrath Stadium. The matches will be held on March 23, 25, 27 and the final on March 29. Ahead of the tournament, BFF has decided to call the camp on March 14 while players will join with their COVID-19 reports on March 13. The team are expected to fly for Nepal on March 18-20.
Nabil informed that they could include new faces in the 36-member team for Nepal tour. “We will pick up 33 to 36 members in the camp. There would be some new faces. Coach Jamie Day will disclose it tomorrow (Tuesday). We will also write I League to release Jamal (Bhuiyan). In the meantime, we will appoint the fitness coach, goalkeeping coach and physiotherapist.”