Jamie Day talked to the media during a press conference at BFF House Friday before the national team fly for Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe Sunday where they will hold the second phase of their preparation camp and play a couple of practice matches against Tajik League outfits Kuktosh Rudaki and CSKA Pomir Tuesday and Thursday respectively
Bangladesh head coach Jamie Day wants to get the best from the combination of both the performance of his charges and tactics of the game in order to bag a positive result against a strong Afghanistan side in their opening 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup joint qualifier second-round encounter in Tajikistan on September 10.
Day talked to the media during a press conference at BFF House Friday before the national team fly for Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe Sunday where they will hold the second phase of their preparation camp and play a couple of practice matches against Tajik League outfits Kuktosh Rudaki and CSKA Pomir Tuesday and Thursday respectively.
Afghanistan are not only 33 places above Day’s side in the latest Fifa ranking but Bangladesh also have a poor record against the team which are physically bigger and technically stronger.
In the last meeting between these two teams during the Saff Championship 2015, Bangladesh lost 4-0.
But Day wants to take motivation from their recent improvement.
The national men’s football team assistant coach Stuart Watkiss believes Bangladesh can beat Afghanistan in their opening group match in the 2022 World Cup Asia Qualifiers in Tajikistan on September 10. https://t.co/kIcki1qAAP— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) August 26, 2019
“We’ve shown over the last 14 months that any team we’ve played, we’ve given them a very good fight – fitness-wise and with the ball, we’ve matched them. Afghanistan are higher in Fifa ranking and it’s going to be a very tough game, but it’s a challenge that our players are looking forward to,” said Day.
“Our attitude is that we can win if we play really well. Everyone has to give 100%, be fit and get ready for the game. We also have to get the tactics right. We have to be solid in every department. If we have right tactics and the players perform well we can get a positive result.”
BFF earlier announced a preliminary 26-man squad for the week-long camp in Dhaka that began on August 23 but seven national players from Abahani were involved in the AFC Cup campaign which ended in North Korea Wednesday.
The Sky Blues are scheduled to return home Friday night after which Day would sit with Abahani and national team manager Satyajit Das Rupu before finalizing the list of 23 players.
“Abahani players will be tired after travelling in the last few days. They might need a bit more rest instead of training when we go to Tajikistan. The other players also had a long season but they had a break after the league. They have done exceptionally well to get fit when they were back to the training camp. We will work out the best plan for every player,” said Day.
Booters start practice https://t.co/1dWIF5ZMHV— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) August 24, 2019
Day said their focus will be on the tactical side in the upcoming days.
“We’ll work on tactics once we get to Tajikistan. Once we get the full squad together, we can start to focus on their strengths and weaknesses. Me and Stuart (Watkiss) have seen most of their games in recent times and we will share those with the players in Tajikistan.”
Young midfielder Robiul Hasan, who scored against Laos and Cambodia this year, was accompanied by Day during the presser.
Robiul said, “We’ve trained well. We are not going to Tajikistan to enjoy but with a target that is to bring home a good result. Our confidence is high and we are all motivated to give our best and get a good result from there.”