The Football Federation of Bangladesh is looking for other options for at least one FIFA international friendly ahead of Bangladesh’s group stage campaign in the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers after Cambodia refused to travel to the country.
Bangladesh are set to play in the four-team Group E of the Asian Cup qualifiers against the top three ranked teams of Bahrain, Turkmenistan and hosts Malaysia at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on 8, June 11 and 14 respectively.
BFF wanted to host Cambodia in FIFA’s May-June window as part of their preparation before flying to Malaysia four to five days before the qualifiers, but the Football Federation of Cambodia refused to send their national team in Bangladesh instead of playing against a neighboring country. .
“Cambodia is not coming, considering all its aspects related to the Bangladesh tour, including the Covid-19 situation. They preferred to play a neighboring country and will probably play East Timor,’ BFF General Secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag told media on Saturday.
“So we are now looking forward to the other options we have. We are in communication with Indonesia, Laos while being a coach [Spanish coach Javier Cabrera] suggested we try for Myanmar… Hopefully we can play a friendly match before we fly to Malaysia,” he said.
Bangladesh have so far played two friendlies since Cabrera took over as the national team’s head coach in February 2022.
Bangladesh lost to hosts Maldives 0-2 before playing a goalless draw against visiting Mongolia on March 24 and 29 respectively.