Bangladesh face mighty Oman tomorrow


DHAKA, June 14, 2021 (BSS) – Bangladesh looking forward to salvage some momentum as they face highly motivated Oman in their last match of the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers scheduled to be held tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha.

The match, which is also part of Asian Cup 2023, kicks off at 11.10 pm (BST).

Ranked 184th by FIFA, Bangladesh failed to win any of their seven matches in qualifying so far, with 1-1 draw with Afghanistan in their first match and 0-2 defeat to India on Monday last and it’s easily presumed that Bangladesh team is going to finish bottom of Group E.

The football fans have lost all of their interest from the qualifiers after Bangladesh’s shocking defeat to India. Oman is so strong as an opponent that Bangladesh is not expecting to win. Even a draw will be good enough for Jamie Day’s men if they are able to hold mighty Oman, who is 80th in FIFA World ranking.

The green jersey have been looking unconvincing lately and have gone four games in a row without a win with in the last seven matches, Jamie Day’s men scored only three goals.

The situation made more worse as regular skipper Jamal Bhuyan, Biplu Ahmed, Rahmat Mia, Sohel Rana and Masuk Mia Jony will not be able to play against Oman due to injury and card problem, but at the same time match will be a wonderful opportunity for Jamie Day’s men to give his fearless best on the pitch.

Earlier the round of qualification between Bangladesh and Oman took place in 2019 and ended with a confident victory of Oman with a convincing score of 4-1.

Despite this situation, defender Topu Barman found hope to snatch at least one point against Oman.

“We have a very good idea about the strength of Oman and we watched their two previous matches against Afghanistan and Qatar and sorted out their weak and strong points. We have worked hard during the training session and the coach taught us and worked with us on how to restrict Oman. I hope if we are able to perform as per according, we’ll be able to snatch one point from them (Oman).” Topu said.

Topu was also hopeful to put up their best performance in their last match against Oman.

On the other hand, a brace from Abdullah Fawaz helped Oman secure a narrow 2-1 win against Afghanistan held on Friday last boosted their hopes of advancing to the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 with a 2-1 win over Afghanistan in Group E on Friday.

Qatar have sealed top spot in Group E with an unassailable 22 points while Oman will not move anywhere from the second place with 15 points as they are aiming for another victory against lowly Bangladesh to tighten their grip on one of the five places available for the best runners-up in the final round of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers.

Bangladesh remained bottom of the table with two points. India stands at third position with six points while Afghanistan placed at fourth in the table with five points.