Bangladesh’s Group E opponent and current Asian Cup holders Qatar started their preparation camp for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 joint qualifiers with strict health measures on Friday.
A total of 34 players and other staff, including Spanish coach Felix Sanchez, underwent COVID-19 tests on Thursday before starting their camp, which is scheduled to end on July 3.
The entire squad is conducting its training sessions by following the strict medical protocols outlined by the Qatar’s ministry of public health, said Asian Football Confederation on its official website on Saturday.
Bangladesh are at the bottom of the five-team table with one point from their 1-1 draw against India while lost their other three games against Afghanistan (0-1), Qatar (0-2) and Oman (1-4) before FIFA postponed the qualifiers on March 9 due to coronavirus pandemic.
Qatar are at the top of the table with 13 points from five games, followed by Oman, Afghanistan and India with 12, four and three points respectively from the same number of games.
According to the revised fixture, Bangladesh will take on Qatar in Dhaka on October 13 after resuming their campaign against Afghanistan in Dhaka on October 8.
The charges of Jamie Day will face India and Oman on November 12 and 17 respectively in their remaining two matches at home.
These matches were originally scheduled to take place on March 26, 31 and on June 4, 9 respectively.