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Topu: Hard work made it possible

  • Published at 01:52 am September 7th, 2018
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Bangladesh's Topu Barman is the toast of his teammates following their win over Pakistan at the Saff Championship in Dhaka Thursday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Topu Barman also struck the opening goal when Bangladesh beat Bhutan 2-0 in their opening match of the Saff Championship 2018

Bangladesh’s reliable defender Topu Barman scored once again to help his side win consecutive games and he was quite ecstatic after scoring a late winner against Pakistan Thursday. 

“Extremely happy that we are close to the semi-final after nine long years. It was a much-needed win in front of the huge home crowd and we achieved it. It was possible because of all the hard work but we want to continue it, work harder and move our football further forward,” said the player of the match after his late strike beat Pakistan 1-0 at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka. 

Topu also struck the opening goal when Bangladesh beat Bhutan 2-0 in their opening match of the Saff Championship 2018.

Bangladesh’s head coach Jamie Day however, didn’t want his team to be carried away despite two wins in a row. 

“The team deserve the victory but we are not through yet. We won two games but still we have to play our third game. We don’t want to be carried away. I will let my boys celebrate but we will start work again to secure a place in the semi-final,” said Day.

The English coach continued, “I’m extremely pleased with the boys. The boys worked exceptionally hard against a good Pakistan side. We have to remain patient sometimes. I think the fitness came through at the end and you can see that. They have done a great hard work in the last 12 weeks and they have shown what we are practising for.”

Pakistan head coach Jose Nogueira praised Bangladesh after the game but he specially mentioned the names of Jamal Bhuiyan and Saad Uddin, who he admitted caused the most trouble to his defenders. The Brazilian coach however, did not lose hope. 

“We still got chance for the semi-final. We will play against Bhutan and Bangladesh play against Nepal in the other game. We have the equation to win the match. So we will try to win the game to get six points from the group,” said the coach.