Bangladesh Centre-back Tapu Barman believes that Bangladesh would get good results in their upcoming three home games of Joint Qualifiers round two of FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023.
Bangladesh will host Afghanistan, India and Oman on October 8, November 12 and 17 respectively while they are set to meet Asian champions Qatar in their lone away match on October 13.“I believe we’ll get good results in all three of our home matches of WC qualifiers. We will take on Afghanistan on Oct 8 in the first home match. We have been out of training for more than three months. Hopefully, our camp will start in August and we will have enough time to get ourselves ready for them. We played well against Afghanistan in the first-leg match in Tajikistan, though we lost the match conceding a late goal there. If we compare the two teams, I think we are better than them,” he said to media on Tuesday.
The men in red and green started their campaign in Joint Qualifiers conceding a 0-1 defeat against Afghanistan in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe. They also conceded a 0-2 goals defeat against Asian champions Qatar in Dhaka and 1-4 goals defeat against Oman in Al Seeb city of Oman while playing out a 1-1 goal draw against India in Kolkata last year.
Tapu also said that his side would get some extra advantages in these three home games.
“We had almost won against India at their home match but unfortunately conceded the late goal in the 89th minute. It was our bad luck. But it’ll now inspire us in the home game. We know about Indian team, we have played matches against them. I found no differences between our conditions, both of us are in an equal footing. It is going to be a fifty-fifty match. Also, the home side always enjoys some extra advantages, so we’ll have the same,” he added.
About Oman, the 25-year-old defender said, “Oman are very strong. We lost the first match conceding 4 goals against them at their soil. I think that was the toughest match for us in World Cup qualifiers. Now, Oman will come to play their away match. We’ll try hard to defend against them. I believe if we perform well at the team-level against them, then we will get positive results.”
In the five-team Group E, Qatar is now leading the points table with 13 points from five matches while Bangladesh is at the bottom place with one point from four matches. Among others, Oman secured 12, Afghanistan 4 and India 3 points.