Bangladesh Pull Out Of Nepal's Prime Minister Cup

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) on Thursday decided not to send the national team to the tournament, scheduled for March 5-15. The hosts expect teams from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand to take part apart from their national team. They will however send a second string team if Nepal agrees.

Bangladesh will host Group A matches of the AFC Challenge Cup qualifying round from April 4 to 14 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. The BFF has decided to opt out from the tournament in Nepal after a meeting with the newly appointed Brazilian coach Edson Silva Dido, assistant coach Shafiqul Islam Manik and technical director Shahidur Rahman Shantu at the BFF House Thursady.

"The coach does not want to take part in Nepal's Prime Minister Cup with only a week's preparation as the players will be available after the completion of the ongoing B. League in the middle of February and he wants to concentrate on the AFC Challenge Cup at home," BFF vice president Badal Roy told reporters after the meeting.

"We are thinking of sending a second string Bangladesh team if All Nepal Football Federation agrees," said Roy, also chairman of the national team management committee.

Bangladesh were drawn in Group A of the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers along with Myanmar, Cambodia and the winners between Macau and Mongolia.

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