The Bangladesh national football team will begin their campaign in next month's Asian Games with a match against Uzbekistan on August 14. They will take on Thailand in the following match two days later before playing the final match of Group B against Qatar on August 20.
The fixtures were released yesterday after the tournament had a redraw on the previous day, following the late inclusion of Palestine and the United Arab Emirates.
The two late inclusions means that the tournament will now be a 26-team affair, with the teams split into six groups. The top two teams from each group and the four best third-placed finishers will move into the second round, which will be a knockout round.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh team played out a 1-1 draw against Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club in a practice match at the BKSP in Savar yesterday. Biplu Ahmed gave the national team – comprised of under-23 players with three overaged players – a third minute lead but they conceded an own goal, courtesy of Rahmat Mia, in the 43rd minute to share the spoils.
The Bangladesh team coach experimented with the playing eleven while Sheikh Jamal fielded three foreign players.
The Bangladesh team will leave for South Korea on July 29 for a pre-tournament conditioning camp, where they are expected to play a friendly match. The 20-member team will leave South Korea for Indonesia for the Asian Games on August 11.