Ibrahim tests Covid-19 positive

BFF to continue camp

Sports Correspondent

20 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A Bangladesh Football Federation official said on Wednesday that they would continue their ongoing national camp for the upcoming FIFA, AFC joint qualifier matches despite one player coming corona positive.

“We’ve just two-week for the preparation. There is no going back. We have to continue the camp,” BFF Vice-President and National Teams’ Committee Chairman Kazi Nabil Ahmed told The Daily Sun.

“We will sit with concerned officials, coaches within two or three days. We may need to take some more strong steps to strict the health protocol, if necessary. We may test the team after four or five days and again before they leave for Qatar,” he added. 

BFF earlier confirmed that midfielder Mohammed Ibrahim reported positive for Covid-19 after testing twice.

Ibrahim, a Bashundhara Kings midfielder, has no symptoms and is currently in isolation at Hotel Intercontinental. His room partner Sohel Rana, who was also tested twice, found negative. Sohel will join the camp on Thursday after he was too isolated on Wednesday.  

A total of 40 members of Bangladesh national football team, including 32 players and eight officials, earlier underwent the Covid-19 test on Sunday. But, BFF started their practice at the Bangabandhu National Stadium the next day before getting the test reports.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh will leave Dhaka for Qatar on May 30 four days ahead of their first match against Afghanistan on June 3.

The men in red and green are expected to play a practice match against Dhaka Abahani Ltd before their departure.