Bangladesh-Afghanistan WC qualifier postponed

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 16:50, Mar 09, 2020 | Updated : 16:57, Mar 09, 2020

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) General Secretary Abu Nyeem Shohag addressing the media on Monday (Mar 9).The World Cup Qualifying match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan has been postponed due to the global outbreak of coronavirus.

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) made the announcement on Monday (Mar 9) following directives from the AFC and FIFA.

It comes a day after India postponed its qualifier match with Qatar.

The BFF said that all scheduled matches in Bangladesh between March and June have been postponed.

"The AFC directive came amid the coronavirus outbreak. They have asked to postpone all matches till June. The away match against Qatar [scheduled for Mar 31] may be postponed as well," said BFF General Secretary Abu Nyeem Shohag.

"AFC has consulted with FIFA and collectively agreed to postpone the upcoming matches of the Preliminary Joint Qualifiers

Round 2 originally scheduled to take place in March and June 2020 are postponed to later dates. Fifa and Afc will discuss further details of the postponed matches and communicate to the PMAs [Participating Member Associations] in due course." stated a letter sent by the AFC to its member associations on Monday.

The letter added, "PMAs may still play the matches upon mutual agreement, provided the safety and health concerns of all individuals involved meet the required standards, subject to prior approval by Fifa and Afc."