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Booters will camp in KSA

Published : 11 Feb 2024 10:06 PM

Bangladesh national football team will camp for two weeks in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) before the back-to-back matches of the second round of World Cup Qualifiers 2026 in Group I, against Palestine, Bangladesh Football Federation's (BFF) vice-president Kazi Nabil Ahmed said at National Training Centre on Sunday.

Nabil, also the chairperson of National Teams Committee of BFF, said, “The away match against Palestine would be held on March 21 in Kuwait. The home game will take place just after five days of the away match. It would be held at the Bashundhara Kings Arena in Dhaka on March 26.” 

"We will have a camp in Tayef city in KSA, so the players can adjust the environment in the Middle East. We are getting almost 14 days to prepare ourselves,” said Nabil. 

“After the practice at Tayef, booters will leave for Kuwait on March 17. They will play a friendly match against Kuwait. I think Bangladesh can show their better performance against Palestine in the World Cup qualifying round match. We drew with Lebanon 1-1 goal. There was a chance to win against Lebanon but strikers failed. I think Palestine is more stringer than Lebanon. So, If we wish to win against Palestine, we must try our level best,” said Nabil. 

Meanwhile, Coach Javier Cabrera said, “It would be better for the booters to practice in KSA for two weeks. 

Our main target to competition and come out successful against Palestine. A lot of footballers played in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). It is a very good sign for the national team.” 

Booters will leave Dhaka for KSA on March 2. Bangladesh started the qualifying mission with a 0-7 defeat away to Australia before holding Lebanon to 1-1 draw at home last year.  The men in red and green are bottom of the group with 1 point. Palestine also secured one point from two matches though they are on top over Bangladesh on goal average. Bangladesh is -7 and Palestine –1 on goal average. Lebanon have two points while Australia lead with six.