FIFA, AFC Qualifiers

Published:  03:15 AM, 10 September 2019

Bangladesh to take on Afghans today

Bangladesh to take on Afghans today Bangladesh national football team head coach Jamie Day (C) shaking hands with Afghanistan football team head coach Anous Dastgir (R) during press meet on Monday. -BFF

Bangladesh are all set to launch their joint Qualification (Round-1) of the FIFA World Cup-2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 campaign taking on Afghanistan in the first leg today in Tajikistan capital of Dushanbe. The match will kicks off at 8 pm (BST).

Ahead of the first leg Bangladesh head coach James Day with an interviews said his boys are trained well and he is very pleased with their performance in the friendly games. It is going to be a very tough match against a good team but they are looking forward to win the match, he said.

Commenting about Afghanistan's 6-0 lose against Qatar, the Bangladesh head coach said Afghans are good team ….they played as an excellent side in Qatar, who are preparing to host the FIFA World Cup.

I don't believe it will down their moral following their previous game defeat.

In 2015, Bangladesh lost 4-0 to Afghanistan but they had also defeated Afghanistan 4-1 in 1979 while four other games ended in draws, however coach said the past record would not influence tomorrow's match.

"Well I think it shows that it's going to be tough for Bangladesh as we have not beaten them since 1979. So if we able to get a positive result against them, then will be a fantastic achievement," he said.

The English born Bangladesh head coach said: "I think it's a slight advantage for the home team but we have trained and played on astro this week so we have gave ourselves the best chance of getting use to the surface."

Bangladesh have been put in the Group E along with Qatar, Oman, neighbouring India and Afghanistan. Bangladesh will play their home match against stronger Qatar on October 10, away match with India on October 15, away match against Oman on November 14 and home match with Afghanistan on March 26, away match with Qatar on March 31 Qatar and home matches with India on June 4 and Oman on June 9.

Bangladesh (182) are the lowest ranked side in the group while Afghanistan are ranked 149th. Qatar are the highest-ranked side at 62nd followed by Oman (87) and India (103).

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