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Jamie getting better, hopes to join team in Qatar

Md Anwar Ullah, Dhaka
Jamie getting better, hopes to join team in Qatar

Bangladesh national football team head coach Jamie Day is getting better and expecting to join the team in Doha once he recovers from the coronavirus.   

The improvement of Jamie’s condition is a great news for the national team, who have already left for Qatar on Wednesday leaving behind the head coach Jamie along with two key players Nabib Newaz Jibon and Manzurur Rahman Manik.

The absence of head coach and two key players was a misfortune for national football team ahead of the tough encounter of World Cup 2022 and Asia Cup 2023 qualifier against Qatar, scheduled for December 4.

Obviously all will have some content with the news of Jamie’s recovering. However, the sufferings amplified when the vital players of the starting lineup — striker Jibon and midfielder Manik — were eliminated from the team due to injury and coronavirus respectively.

Jamie Day talked to The Independent today (Friday) and informed that he is improving and hoping to join the team when he also explained about the impact if he could not join the team and who would be the replacement of Jibon.

“Well, I am getting slightly better. I feel better than few days ago but not fully.”

“That’s football, we all have to adapt to the situation it’s far from ideal but we have to get on with it for now,” Jamie stated the reality of current situation.

Jamie also believes that there have good staffers who are able to handle the situation, as he was replying to a query. He said, “Well, we have good staff so they can cope for short while.”

Who may be the proper replacement of Jibon, Jamie said, “We have enough players in the squad and we may change system, so see how we go.”

About the main concern — his absence – he said, “Hopefully I will be OK. Yes, I have to have Covid-19 test before I can fly; so when I feel well enough, I will undergo test again.”

Meanwhile, Jibon, who got injured in the second match against Nepal, received MRI report at the midnight of Wednesday just 10 hours before the departure of Dhaka team for Doha at 10am on Thursday when the team’s Australian physio recommended the restriction on his travelling to Qatar.

Midfielder Manik is also suffering from Covid-19 and if he recovers, he may also join team.

Bangladesh team have already reached Qatar on Thursday and are now in a three-day quarantine, hoping to have full-fledged outdoor practice from tomorrow when they are also scheduled to play two preparatory matches.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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