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28 September, 2019 07:16:59 PM
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FIFA Friendly Football: Bangladesh to play Bhutan on Sunday

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FIFA Friendly Football: Bangladesh to play Bhutan on Sunday
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Bangladesh will play against Bhutan in the first of the two-match FIFA International Friendly Football Tier-1 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Sunday.

The match is scheduled to kick-off at 7pm (BdST).

The 2nd and final friendly match will be held on October 3 at the same venue.  

The matches will be broadcast live on BTV, Bangla TV and Bangladesh Betar.  

On Saturday morning, Bangladesh squad trained under Head Coach Jamie Day for the Joint Qualification of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Bangladesh will play Qatar in their home match on October 10 at Bangabandhu National Stadium. In the away match, they will face India on October 15 at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

As a part of their preparation, the players are undergoing a two-week training session, including two friendly matches.

In a pre-match press conference on Saturday at Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) office, Coach Day said the players are ready for Bhutan.

“We’re looking forward to tomorrow’s match. We want to win those [friendly] matches because it will give us confidence ahead of matches against Qatar and India,” Day said.

Bangladesh Captain Jamal Bhuiyan said they want to win both matches against Bhutan. 

Bhutan Coach Pema said they will give their best.

“We had a four-day training session before coming to Dhaka. We’ve included 10-11 under-23 players in the squad. Bangladesh are a good team. Our players will give their best against them tomorrow,” Pema said. 

Bhutan Captain Chencho Gyeltshen, who played for Chattogram Abahani Ltd in BPL 2016, said, “Most of our players are new but I believe that we’ll play well against Bangladesh. We conceded 0-3 goal defeat against Bangladesh in SAFF 2016 but now I’m very confident about doing well.” 

A 26-member Bhutan national team – 20 players and six officials – arrived in Dhaka on Friday at 4pm responding to BFF’s invitation to play two practice matches. 

Bangladesh are currently 41st in AFC and 187th in FIFA rankings while Bhutan are 39th in AFC and 185th in FIFA rankings.

Bangladesh squad: Shahidul Alam Sohel, Ashraful Islam Rana, Anisur Rahman, Pappu Ahmed (GK), Sushanto Tripura , Rahmat Mia , Yeasin Khan, Bishwanath Ghosh, Riyadul Hasan, Yeasin Arafat, Tutul Hosain Badsha, SM ManjururRahman, Raihan Hasan (DF), Jamal Bhuiyan, Rabiul Hasan, Mamunul Islam Mamun, Sohel Rana, Biplu Ahamed, Arifur Rahman, Mohammad Ibrahim, Towhidul Alam Sabuz (MF), Mahbubur Rahman, Matin Miah, Nabib Newaz Jiban, Saad Uddin and Jewel Rana (FW).

Bhutan:  Chimi Tshewang, Phuntsho Jigme, Lungtok Dawa, Tinley Dorji, Dorji, Dawa Tshering, Tenzin Dorji, Kabi Raj Rai, Nima Tshering, Phub Thinley, Jigme Tsdhering Dorjee, Chencho Gyeltshen, Tshering Dorji, Tenzin Thinley, Chimi Dorji, Kinley Penjor, Lhendup Dorji, Jigme Tsheltrim, Gyeltshen Zangpo, Nqawng Jamphel.

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