Bangladesh National Football Team will start their two-month long isolated preparation camp for Joint Qualifiers round two of FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 at Sarah Resort in Gazipur today.
A total of 31 members, split into three groups, will report to team manager Satyajit Das Rupu in the camp on August 5, 6 and 7 respectively. Bashundhara Kings’ three booters out of 14 namely midfielder Atiqur Rahman Fahad and two forwards Md Matin Miah, Masuk Mia Jony, would miss the camp due to injuries.Confirming the reports, Kings' Marketing and Media Manager Ahmed Shaaek told daily sun on Tuesday that the club was concerned about these injured players.
“Our plan was not to release Jony, Fahad, Matin and Sushanto (defender Sushanto Tripura) . This is because before the lockdown in March, all these players were injured and could not feature in AFC Cup matches. But we are releasing Sushanta as his injury isn’t too serious. Zoni, Fahad and Matin had long term serious injuries so we will not release them as we will set up an injury assessment camp in mid-August,” he said.
Bangladesh, who were put in double-leg Group E of the Joint Qualifiers round two of FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023, are scheduled to host Afghanistan, India and Oman on October 8, November 12 and November 17 respectively while facing Asian champions Qatar in their lone away match on October 13.
On the other hand, Kings, which have been placed in double-leg Group E (South Asia) of AFC Cup 2020, will tour the centralised venues in Maldives to take part in the five remaining matches. According to the new schedule, Kings will face Maldivian club Maziya SRC on October 23 and November 4, TC Sports on November 1 and Indian club Chennai City FC on October 26 and October 29.
“Other players have been released till August 31. Our plan is to start AFC Cup pre-season camp on September 1. As per FIFA rules, we can only release them on the FIFA calender week, but considering national interest we are releasing them now for couple of weeks so that Manager Mr Rupu can assess them to make squad plans,” he added.
Other two players Captain Jamal Bhuiyan and newcomer Tariq Raihan Kazi are also unable to join the camp due to travel restrictions. Jamal is now in Denmark while Tariq is in Finland. Head coach Jamie Day, assistant coach Stuart Watkiss and other foreign staffs will join the camp in the mid of August.Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) on July 26 announced a 36-member preliminary squad, comprising 14 players from Kings, for the camp. All the footballers and coaching staff would undergo a two-week quarantine and COVID-19 tests ahead of the main training camp starting from August 21.
During the quarantine, booters, split into five six groups, would continue their training sessions and gym under supervision of two local coaches Masud Parvej Kaisar and Syed Golam Jilani.
National team manager Rupu said, “The participating footballers will join the camp with their respective COVID-19 test reports on August 4-6. Then they will undergo a two-week quarantine. In the meantime, they would continue physical training, split into five or six groups, under supervision of two local coaches Kaisar and Jilani.”