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Seychelles up against it in Palestine tie

  • Published at 09:48 pm January 21st, 2020
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Palestine players in front of their team hotel in Dhaka earlier this month Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

After topping the group with wins over Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Palestine enjoyed four days’ rest while Seychelles had only a day to prepare for the semi after hard-fought 2-2 draw against Mauritius where their players looked tired at the latter stage

Seychelles are without a win for some years but still managed to be in Wednesday's first semi-final in their debut Bangabandhu Gold Cup campaign.

With that said, they have little hope of overcoming Palestine who looked confident to take the trophy home for the second consecutive time.

After topping the group with wins over Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Palestine enjoyed four days’ rest while Seychelles had only a day to prepare for the semi after hard-fought 2-2 draw against Mauritius where their players looked tired at the latter stage.

“We are happy to be in the semi-final but Seychelles have only one-day rest. It’s difficult for the players who are struggling with fatigue. We are very aware of their [Palestine] technical and tactical prowess. Hopefully it will be a competitive game,” said Seychelles coach Ralph Jean Louis Tuesday.

Palestine coach Daboub Makram said, “We take normal preparation. We watch their [Seychelles] two group matches but we are focusing on our team only, and to develop the players. We came here to win the trophy and we have confidence in our players.”