Bangladesh are going to take part in a tri-nation football tournament later this month. The tournament, hosted by Nepal, will also see Kyrgyzstan Olympics U-23 team taking part in it.
The All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) announced the tournament on its official website on Friday. The tri-nation tournament is set to start on March 22 and will continue till March 30. However, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is yet to give an official announcement in this regard.
The tournament will be played in round-robin format and will also have FIFA recognition. There will be a total of four matches with the top two teams playing in the final. The Dashrath Stadium will host all the matches.
Nepal were scheduled to face Australia in the joint qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup later this month. But the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) postponed it until next June. And ANFA is organizing this new tournament to make use of the gap in the schedule.
Bangladesh are also scheduled to host Afghanistan on March 25 in Sylhet, however, the Afghans are reluctant to travel to Bangladesh on grounds of Covid-19 travel restrictions. The BFF, however, mentioned earlier that they will be sticking to their decision of playing the fixture at home, as per the original schedule, and said to have been awaiting a final verdict from AFC on this matter.
But with the announcement of this tri-nation tournament, it has now been confirmed that Bangladesh will not be hosting Afghanistan this month.