Bangladesh to play Bhutan in 2nd match on Thursday

Dhaka – Inspired by a 4-1 victory in the first match, Bangladesh National Football team will play their 2nd FIFA International Friendly match against Bhutan on Thursday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

The match will be played ahead of their Joint Qualification for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 against Qatar and India in October.

The match will kick-off at 7 pm.BTV and Bangla TV will telecast the match live while Bangladesh Beter will broadcast the running commentary.

Bangladesh, has been enjoying the upper hand advantage over higher-ranked Bhutan in the two-match FIFA International Friendlies outplaying Himalayan country by 4-1 goals in the first FIFA friendly last Sunday.

And now the country want to make a clean sweep over the Bhutan hoping to increase their FIFA ranking as well as to regain their pride in the international arena.

Bangladesh booters are now preparing for Joint Qualification for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 against Qatar in their home match on October 10 at Bangabandhu National Stadium and their away match with India on October 15 at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

The English head coach of Bangladesh National Football team Jamie Day after the training session at Kamalapur Stadium on Wednesday told newsmen that “We want to boost up our confidence beating Bhutan twice ahead of the tough match against Qatar”.

“We will play an attacking football for win (against Bhutan), because we want to complete our preparations with a positive note ahead of the joint qualification for FIFA and AFC meet”.

Asked about the preparations for the Qatar and India matches, Jamie replied, “We played with confidence (against Bhutan) on last Sunday, we have scored the goals. These are positive sides. But, we will not get many chances against teams like Qatar and India. We will get one or two chances and we have to utilize it.”

Replying to query about their plans and tactics for Qatar and India, Jamie Day said, “The plan will be different against them. We will try to score goal without conceding any, but we will follow the same attacking tactics against them like the match against Bhutan.”

Bhutanese coach said, “We want to bounce back in the 2nd match (against Bangladesh) to return home with a win, it will be our prestige match, if there is no rain and ground is playable, then it will be a different game (on Thursday).

Bangladesh, who was put on Group E of the AFC Cup with Qatar, Oman, neighboring India and Afghanistan, started their campaign with a 0-1 goal defeat against Afghanistan in their first math at the Central Republican Stadium in the Tajik capital Dushanbe on September 10.

In the remaining group matches, Bangladesh will play Oman on November 14 in Oman, Afghanistan on 26 March 2020 in Bangladesh, Qatar on March 31 in Qatar, India on June 4 in Bangladesh and Oman on June 9 in Bangladesh.

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


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

Bhutan team: 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.UNB