BFF is sparing no effort to field a strong lineup for the upcoming SAFF Championship…
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has added Yusuf Zulkarnain Haque, a foreign football player from England, to the initial 34-man lineup for the upcoming 2021 SAFF Championship.
But before Huck finally puts on the green shirt, there are still some obstacles. He does not have a Bangladeshi passport and has already applied for a visa. However, BFF is confident that the formalities will be completed on time, and this midfielder will be able to participate in Dhaka training first.
It is worth noting that the BFF has included Nigerian-born striker Eleta Kingsley in their preliminaries and is currently awaiting approval from FIFA so that the national team can take advantage of his services. The Bangladesh football team is expected to start preparing for the SAFF Championship from September 21 after the end of the domestic football season. The 2020-21 Bangladesh Super League champion Basundara Kings will play their last league match on September 20, after which the national team will begin preparations.
At the same time, the federation hired Oscar Brusson as a temporary coach for two months to replace Jamie Day. Bangladesh is currently unbeaten for seven consecutive games and lost the last two friendly matches against Palestine (2-0) and Kyrgyz Republic (4-1) in early September. They will start the SAFF Cup match against Sri Lanka on October 1, and then face India, Maldives and Nepal in a round-robin match. The top two teams will advance to the final.
Since August 2018, the Bengals have created W9, D5, and L15 records in 29 games, and were eliminated from the group stage of the 2018 SAFF Championship.
When will Bangladesh participate in the first game of the 2021 SAFF Championship?
Bangladesh will play against Sri Lanka on October 1st, and then against India on October 4. They played host Maldives on October 7th, and then faced Nepal in the final league match on October 13th.
What is the format of the 2021 SAFF Championship?
Since only five countries will participate in the competition, there will be no groups, and the teams will compete with each other once in a round-robin format. The top two teams will advance to the final.