June 18, 2021

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Afghanistan took ‘troops’ from Bangladesh

There is a break in Premier League football now. Abahani Limited’s Afghanistan defender Masih Saigani was spending some lazy time in Dhaka. He has been called up to the Afghan national team ahead of the World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers in Qatar. The centerback is leaving Dhaka for Qatar this evening. Saigani himself confirmed the matter in the first light.

Meanwhile, the two teams have played a match in the qualifying round. As a result, there is nothing new to know. But yes, I can cooperate with the team if you ask for my help. However, it does not carry much importance.

Masih Saigani is an Afghan footballer of Abahani Limited

In the first of the remaining three matches of the qualifying round, Bangladesh will face Afghanistan on June 3. The return of 34-year-old Saigani, who played in Bangladesh before such a match, to the national team can be called the ‘master stroke’ of the Afghanistan coach. Since making his national team debut in 2015, Saigani has played 12 matches for Afghanistan. The tall center-back also has goals against Bangladesh in the 2015 SAF Football Championship. He was neglected for so long after playing his last match for Jordan for the national team in 2016.

Masih Saigani last played in the Afghan national team in 2016.

Masih Saigani last played in the Afghan national team in 2016.
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Saigani is thrilled to be back in the national team after four years. On the way from the club to the airport, Saigani said, ‘I returned to the national team after many days. I am very proud to be able to play for the country. Which I have missed over the last few years. Joining the team today. I am now on my way to the airport for an evening flight to Qatar. ‘

Saigani knows the pulse of Bangladesh football due to playing two seasons in Abahani. He also knows the strengths and weaknesses of the players very well. The Afghan team got another advantage by getting him. However, Saigani looks at it a little differently, ‘In the meantime, the two teams have played a match in the qualifying round. As a result, there is nothing new to know. But yes, I can cooperate with the team if you ask for my help. But it doesn’t matter. ‘

Saigani has been playing for Abahani for two seasons.

Saigani has been playing for Abahani for two seasons.
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Afghanistan is well prepared for the three matches of the World Cup qualifiers. Preparation camp is going on in Dubai. Two international friendly matches have also been played. After a 3-2 win over Indonesia in one of the two matches, they drew 1-1 against Singapore yesterday. Defender Hasan Amin got injured while preparing in Dubai. So the Afghan coach extended his hand towards Saigani at the last moment. Bangladesh lost 1-0 to Afghanistan in Dushanbe in the first round of the qualifying round.