Bangladesh Soccer Federation is searching for different choices for no less than one FIFA worldwide pleasant match earlier than Bangladesh’s group stage marketing campaign within the AFC Asian Cup 2023 qualifiers after Cambodia refused to go to the nation.
Bangladesh are scheduled to play within the four-team Group E of the Asian Cup qualifiers in opposition to three-upper ranked groups Bahrain, Turkmenistan and hosts Malaysia on the Bukit Jalil Nationwide Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on June 8, 11 and 14 respectively.
BFF wished to host Cambodia within the Could-June FIFA window as a part of their preparation earlier than flying to Malaysia 4 to 5 days earlier than the qualifiers however Soccer Federation of Cambodia refused to ship their nationwide group to Bangladesh moderately they most well-liked to play in opposition to a neighbouring nation.
‘Cambodia are usually not coming, contemplating all of their facets regarding the tour to Bangladesh together with the Covid-19 state of affairs. They most well-liked to play a neighbouring nation, and are prone to play East Timor,’ BFF common secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag informed the media on Saturday.
‘So we at the moment are trying ahead to different choices we have now. We’re in communication with Indonesia, Laos whereas coach [Spanish coach Javier Cabrera] steered us to strive for Myanmar…Hope we can play one pleasant recreation earlier than flying to Malaysia,’ he stated.
Bangladesh have up to now performed two pleasant video games since Cabrera has taken the nationwide group’s head coach job in February 2022.
Bangladesh misplaced to hosts Maldives 0-2 earlier than taking part in a goalless draw in opposition to visiting Mongolia on March 24 and 29 respectively.