Bangladesh Football Federation recalled four players in the 28-member national squad for the upcoming joint qualification for FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023, scheduled to be held from June 3 to 15 in Qatar.
They are Bashundhara Kings two defenders Tapu Barman and Tariq Raihan Kazi, winger Ibrahim and Sheikh Jamal defender Razaul Karim.Tapu, Tariq and Ibrahim were not part of the last campaign in Nepal Tri-nation Tournament last March.
Razaul was recalled to the national team after five years. The 33-year old left-back last played for the national team against Jordan in the world cup qualifiers 2016.
Besides, Dhaka Abahani center back Tutul Hossain Badsha, who played in Nepal, was excluded from the team.
The squad, including five U-23 players, was announced after the National Teams Committee meeting on Saturday.
BFF Vice-President and national teams’ committee Chairman Kazi Nabil Ahmed, MP disclosed the details in a virtual press conference. Nabil also informed that they will finalise 25 out of 28 footballers ahead of the tour.
“All of these players have been playing regularly for their respective clubs in the domestic leagues. They will join the camp on May 10, 11 and 12 respectively. We will continue the camp until we fly for Qatar on May 21 or 22. We will select 25 players for the final squad ahead of the campaign,” Nabil said.National coach Jamie Day, assistant coach Stuart Watkiss and goalkeeping coach Les Cleevely will arrive in Dhaka on Monday. BFF retained Iqbal Hossain as the team manager while selected Mojur Alam Monju as the observer.
The players and officials will stay at Hotel Intercontinental during the residential camp. Bashundhara Kings’ ten players, who will fly for the Maldives today (Sunday) to play AFC Cup 2021, will join the national team in Qatar from there.
However, BFF also requested Qatar FA to arrange two practice matches against top-tier local teams on May 25/26 and 29.
Preliminary squad: Anisur Rahman, Bishwanath Ghosh, Rimon Hossain, Masuk Miah Zoni, Biplo Ahamed, Mahbubur Rahman, Matin Miah, Topu Barman, Mohammad Ibrahim, Tariq Raihan Kazi, Sahidul Alam, Sohel Rana, Saad Uddin, Rahmat Mia, Riyadul Hasan, Yeasin Arafat, Jamal Bhuyan, Mehedi Hasan, Mehadi Hasan (Royal), Emon, Ashraful Islam Rana, Abdullah, Manik Hossain Molla, Rakib Hossain, Razaul Karim, Habibur Rahman Sohag, Suman Reza and Mohammad Jewel.
U-23 players: Mitul Marma, Mohammad Atikuzzaman, Abu Shaeid, Imran Hasan Rimon and Foysal Ahmed Fahim.