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Saad expects second friendly to be more exciting

  • Published at 08:31 pm November 15th, 2020
Bangladesh's Saad Uddin in action against Bhutan on a water-logged Bangabandhu National Stadium Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Saad, the versatile forward of Bangladesh, expects a more competitive game during the second friendly Tuesday

Bangladesh won the first match of the two-game friendly series against Nepal comfortably but the second -half show was not upto the mark due to a lack of fitness and ball distribution in midfield also raised concerns. 

The visitor also faced fitness issue but with two more days in training, both sides are expected to be fitter in shape.

Saad Uddin, the versatile forward of Bangladesh, also expects a more competitive game during the second friendly Tuesday. 

“Nepal-Bangladesh is always tough and 50-50 match. The fitness of Nepalese players is not poor because they played well in the second half. I think the next match will be more competitive because they are now prepared more after playing the first match. I think the next game will be more exciting and interesting,” said Saad after Sunday's practice session.

Saad hoped that the team will get fully match fit after a few more games. 

“Some players faced problem while some did not during the match. I hope they won’t face such problem and we will get the match fitness after playing a couple of matches,” said Saad. 

After a quick cut-back near the touchline Saad provided a delightful assist for Nabib Newaj Jibon's first goal.

Bangladesh received a bad news in the form of Jamie Day's positive Covid-19 report which forced the national team join the training session without the head coach only two days before the game against Nepal.

Posted by Sports Tribune on Sunday, 15 November 2020

“Jamie [Day, head coach] had instruction not to cross from the edge of the touchline, rather cut the ball back and then whip the cross. That’s exactly what I did,” he said.

The Abahani Limited winger added, “I’m pleased to assist the goal. I’m trying to improve myself in every match. I will be trying to score in the next game. Scoring doesn’t matter as long as I can help the team in the full 90 minutes.” 

Saad also informed that they would miss the company of Day who tested Covid-19 positive the same day. 

Mahbubur Rahman Sufil, who scored the second goal after coming on as a substitute, echoed the same sentiment after training without the English head coach.

“Jamie’s presence is very important for us because of the way he works with us. He is helping us tremendously from the beginning. We suddenly heard that he is [Covid] positive and we really felt bad having seen he is not in training. May be he was ready to let us teach something new but couldn’t do it,” said Sufil.

Sufil also expressed gratitude to Bashundhara kings head coach Oscar Bruzon for the goal. 

The finishing works the Spanish coach taught him during practice helped to hone the skills he exhibited for the beautiful goal which he termed one of his best.

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