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U16s take on Cambodia Wednesday

  • Published at 12:07 am October 16th, 2019
The coaches and captains of Bangladesh and Cambodia pose for photographs in Dhaka Tuesday ahead of their Uefa Assist U-16 Tournament match BFF

European outfit Faroe Islands and Maldives will take on each other in the inaugural game at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka at 4pm, while Bangladesh face Asean side Cambodia in their opening game at 7pm

Bangladesh boys will aim to better their performance from the recently concluded Saff and AFC tournaments when they host and play against Faroe Islands, Cambodia and Maldives in the four-nation Uefa Assist U-16 Development Tournament, scheduled to kick off in Dhaka Wednesday.

European outfit Faroe Islands and Maldives will take on each other in the inaugural game at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital at 4pm, while Bangladesh face Asean side Cambodia in their opening game at 7pm.

The four teams will lock horns with each other once in three matchdays until Sunday, after which the top finisher would emerge champion. 

This is the first time Bangladesh will host the tournament.

Bangladesh finished third behind India and Nepal in the five-nation Saff U15 Championship in August and finished in the same position behind Qatar and Yemen in the AFC U-16 Championship qualifiers in Qatar last month. 

Only three players were released from the AFC U-16 squad and included in the latest 20-man squad.

U-16 head coach Robert Martin Ryles is focused more on performance, and building a foundation for the national team for the next five years, rather than concentrate on results.

“We want to be hard to beat, hard to break down and difficult to score against. That’s the platform I want to build. Of course we set the target to win the tournament but it’s all about performances for me,” said Ryles.

A country with only 50,000 population and 6 degree celsius temperature currently, Faroe Islands arrived in Dhaka early Sunday to adjust with the weather, which is one of the challenges for the side. 

Their head coach Aki Johansen informed that he gathered a new generation of players who played in different youth academies in Europe.

Both Cambodia and Maldives also participated in the AFC U-16 qualifiers but finished bottom in the respective groups losing all three matches. 

Maldives coach Mohamed Nizam informed that only two months have passed since their country initiated a four-year project with the youth team.

Meanwhile, this is the second time Bangladesh are participating in this Uefa-funded tournament after the U-15 side finished third last year in Thailand, losing 4-0 against Cyprus, drawing 0-0 against Thailand and winning 10-0 over Maldives.

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