Seven more national footballers joined the rally of Covid-19 positive cases after the second batch of footballers comprising of 12 players underwent the test at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University today. In total 11 footballers have now tested positive inside two days' of testing.
Those who were tested positive are defender Sushanta Tripura, winger Mohammad Ibrahim, goalkeeper Shahidul Alam Sohel, midfielder Sohel Rana, Rabiul Hasan, goalkeeper Anisur Rahman and defender Tutul Hossain Badsha.
On Wednesday, three players from the first batch -- MS Bablu, Nazmul Islam and Suman Reza -- were tested positive while Bishwanath Gosh did not report to the team manager after testing positive in prerequisite test.
"They are puzzled after getting today's reports as they came with Covid-19 negative reports done from their respective areas," said team manager Satyajit Das Rupu adding that five players who were tested negative left Dhaka to join eight other players in the camp at Sarah Resorts in Gazipur. Rabiul incidentally was on his way to Gazipur with the five players who had tested negative but was asked to come back from Tongi after BFF received the latest update on his positive case. Anisur's positive result arrived shortly afterwards and it is expected that he would be asked to come back.
Meanwhile, seven other players are scheduled to be tested on Saturday.
Rupu had before said that they would take the footballers who were tested positive for further tests one week after and integrate them into the camp gradually, subject to the those players testing negative.
Bangladesh will resume their World Cup and Asian Cup Qualifying campaign by hosting Afghanistan on October 8 in Sylhet.