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Booters draw against Sudan

Published : 11 Mar 2024 09:26 PM

Bangladesh national football team played a goalless draw against Sudan in their first unofficial practice match at Al Taif Indoor Stadium, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday. Bangladesh national football team, which is in Saudi Arabia, played the practice match with Sudan as a part of their preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Championship 2027 qualifiers against Palestine in Kuwait, which will take place on March 21.

It was the first of two practice matches against the FIFA 127th-ranked team before Jamal Bhuyan’s team traveled to Kuwait on March 17 to play the away match against Palestine. 

The Booters will play their second practice match at the same venue on March 14. National coach Javier Cabrera was happy with the performance of the players.

The main target of the national team is to perform well and have success against Palestine. It is a very good sign for the national team.

Javier Cabrera said, “We came to Al Taif City seven days ago. Booters began their practice on the first day. It has been very positive, as I saw in the first match. It was an important day, not because of the result, which wasn't the priority in any case, but because of how much we evolved after coming to Saudi Arabia in the last seven days, and it was a very positive performance.”

“Some 24 players had the opportunity to play the match, and everyone performed well,” said the coach.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh started the qualifying mission with a 0-7 defeat in an away match to Australia before restricting Lebanon to a 1-1 draw at home last year. Men in red and green are at the bottom of the group with 1 point. Palestine also secured one point from two matches. Lebanon has two points, while Australia leads with six from two outings.

Cabrera informed us that the boys took rest on Monday before getting ready for the second match to take place on Thursday.