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Goal-hungry booters keen to beat Bhutan again

  • Published at 07:35 pm October 2nd, 2019
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Bangladesh coach Jamie Day makes a point during training Dhaka Tribune

The men in red and green recorded two of their biggest margin victories in the last six years against the same opponent, Bhutan, including 4-1 in the first friendly at the same venue Sunday since their 4-0 win over Northern Mariana Islands in the AFC Challenge Cup in March, 2013

Bangladesh are looking forward to continuing their winning run against Bhutan in the second international friendly at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Thursday at 7pm, and take motivation from their final preparation match ahead of the 2022 World Cup qualifier against Qatar next week.

The men in red and green recorded two of their biggest margin victories in the last six years against the same opponent, Bhutan, including 4-1 in the first friendly at the same venue Sunday since their 4-0 win over Northern Mariana Islands in the AFC Challenge Cup in March, 2013.

Both the head coach Jamie Day and skipper Jamal Bhuiyan are confident of beating their south Asian neighbor again, and scoring a few goals Thursday to boost their confidence before facing the Asian champion.

“Jibon (Nabib Newaj) scored two goals in the first friendly. It’s been a long time since a Bangladeshi striker scored two goals, and it’s also been a long time since Bangladesh scored four goals in a match. Overall, I think coach is happy but of course we can play better and score more goals,” said Jamal after Wednesday's training session.

Day said Wednesday that he would go with the same plan with an eye on keeping the squad almost unchanged against Qatar.

But the English coach earlier hinted of making one or two changes, including Bishwanath Ghosh, who is suspended for the Qatar game after receiving yellow cards against Laos and Afghanistan. 

Sushanta Tripura or Rayhan Hasan is likely to replace Bishwanath.

Defender Tutul Hossain Badshah continues to be sidelined due to a cut on his knee incurred during a motorcycle accident. 

Riyadul Hasan replaced the Abahani Limited center-back in the first friendly to make his international debut, and may keep his place as well, while Jibon is also likely to retain his new No 10 role after shining well on the muddy pitch of BNS in the last match.

“We will go with the same plan. It might be the similar pitch like other night but whatever the pitch situation is, we play accordingly. We are looking forward to winning the game and take the motivation into the game against Qatar,” said Day.

Day continued, “If we win again we can get some more points. We want to climb up in the Fifa ranking. As I said before I want to climb up to 170 so we have to look at games where we have chance of winning. We have good calendar this year and I want to add more internationals if we can, and get teams who are similar like us.”

Praising Jamal highly and terming him as a key player in the Bangladesh team, Bhutan coach Pema informed that he would bring some players who didn’t play the first game. 

He informed, “Our target is to win, at least one match. Let’s see, hopefully, we will win the game. If it does not rain, the game might be different. Bangladesh might be doing better, even we are also not bad.”

Bangladesh trained on the turf of Kamalapur Stadium in the morning and were immediately followed by Bhutan.

BTV and Bangla TV will telecast the match live.

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