Sohel praised their rival but believes the difference is not much as it appears lately
Bangladesh have the number over Nepal in terms of overall head-to-head records, but currently the Himalayan neighbor sit 17 places above the former in the Fifa ranking, while they also won the last meeting.
Sohel Rana praised their rival but believes the difference is not much as it appears lately.
Nepal lost to Bangladesh seven consecutive times during nearly two decades starting from 1991 but the former have the upper hand in the seven meetings since then.
Bangladesh won twice against Nepal’s three while the other two ended in draws.
“Of course, we are [still] better if you compare. We lost the games for some silly mistakes,” said national midfielder Sohel when the stats were placed upon him.
“Nepal are good as a team but if you think individually they are not good as much as us. As a group they are strong but we also know both their strong and weak points,” the Abahani Limited midfielder told reporters after Tuesday's training.
Bangladesh and Nepal are currently preparing for the upcoming two international friendlies, scheduled to be held in Dhaka on November 13 and 17 during the Fifa window.
“We will hopefully win the two matches by rectifying the mistakes that we made in the past. We are taking preparation for that goal,” he said.
It was the fourth day of national team practice camp after the players spent around seven months without any group team training or official game due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tuesday's session was held in the capital’s Kamalapur Stadium.
“We focused more on physical side in the first week. The coach has been training us on fitness since we were out of the game for a long time. [Tuesday] we trained with the ball for 40 minutes, followed by endurance exercise,” said Sohel.
“We have to think how we can improve our fitness and play these two games well. We are working hard to get good results.”
Bangladesh lost to Nepal 2-0 during the Saff Championship 2013 in Kathmandu.
They defeated the Gorkhalis by the same margin on the same pitch in the same year during the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.
The two neighbors faced off three times in Dhaka since then, first resulted in a 1-0 win for Bangladesh during a friendly in 2015, followed by a goalless draw at the 2016 Bangabandhu Gold Cup, while the latest encounter ended with Nepal winning 2-0 at the Saff Championship 2018.
Bangladesh v Nepal
Last 5 Matches
Bangladesh 0-2 Nepal (Saff Championship 2018)
Bangladesh 0-0 Nepal (Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2016)
Bangladesh 1-0 Nepal (Friendly 2015)
Nepal 2-0 Bangladesh (SAFF Championship 2013)
Nepal 0-2 Bangladesh (AFC Challenge Cup QF 2013)