Bangladesh national football team's recent results in the SAFF Championship 2023 have made an impact in the latest FIFA rankings as they moved up three places to 189.
Praising the performance of both the young and the experienced footballers in the just-concluded SAFF Championship, Bangladesh Football Federation's president Kazi Salahuddin urged everyone to stay disciplined in the next three to four months in a bid to overcome the first round hurdle of World Cup Qualifiers in October.
The Spaniard, who led Bangladesh to a first semifinal in the regional event for the first time in 14 years only to lose the last-four battle against Kuwait in extra time, said he was disappointed of the end result but proud of the performance from the charges.
Bangladesh women's football team's former head coach Golam Rabbani Choton took over Bangladesh Army's women's football team for two months.
Bangladesh's attacking midfielder Sheikh Morsalin is having the time of his life after getting his maiden international goal in a 3-1 triumph over the Maldives in the ongoing SAFF Championship in India on Monday.
Though Rakib Hossain, who had also left the pitch with a cramp, attended the recovery session with the team at the Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd Sports Club ground, Tariq missed training and is likely to miss the team's last group match against Bhutan.
Playing a possession-based game appeared a pipe dream given the showings, despite the fact that Cabrera's charges had shown signs of improvement and their fighting character in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers in Malaysia last year.
Bangladesh will begin their SAFF Championship campaign in Bengaluru today as the second-lowest ranked team in the competition, taking on Lebanon -- the highest ranked team -- with hopes of prizing at least one point from the opening Group B game.