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AFC ASIAN CUP QUALIFIERS

Booters start training in Malaysia

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 5 June, 2022 12:00 AM
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Booters start training in Malaysia
Bangladeshi forward Mahbubur Rahman Sufil trains with the teammates in Malaysia on Saturday, ahead of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers campaign. –BFF PHOTO

Bangladesh national football team started its preparation in Malaysia on Saturday for the upcoming AFC Asian Cup qualifiers (third round).

The day’s session was held into two phases -- an off-field gym and swimming session in the morning and on-field practice in the afternoon.

“Today we have the first practice here,” head coach Javier Cabrera said on Saturday.

“Those players, who have played more than 60 minutes against Indonesia, did some recovery work and the rest of the others including Sufil (Mahbubur Rahman) who arrived yesterday, did some compensation training,” he added.

Bangladesh will take on three top-ranked opponents – Bahrain, Turkmenistan and Malaysia – in their upcoming Group E matches of AFC Asian Cup qualifiers beginning this week in Malaysia.

The men in red and green, who are going to participate in the main stage of Asian Cup qualifiers after a long 42 years, will lock horns against Bahrain, Turkmenistan and Malaysia on June 8, 11 and 14 respectively. 

In the current FIFA rankings, Bahrain are in the 89th position, Turkmenistan are in 134th and Malaysia are in 154th and Bangladesh are in 188th.

Bangladesh came in the qualifiers by boosting their confidence after they played a goalless draw with Indonesia in a FIFA Tier-1 International Friendly match last week.