Day also said that the performance has improved from the Asian Games and the Saff Championship despite playing against higher-ranked teams
The national booters’ eight-month long journey in different training camps and tournaments both at home and abroad has ended with an exit from the semi-final of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup Wednesday and Jamie Day took no time in warning his players to continue the hard work in their respective clubs in order to keep their place for the November friendly.
“I said to the 23 players that they worked extremely hard in the last 20 weeks and they have to continue it to get better. I also said to them that the Bangladesh badge should mean everything to them. If they don’t want to lose the match they have to continue working hard or see someone else taking their place. They have to give 100 percent every week to play at the national level. If I have players that stop doing that, they will not play.” said Day after the defeat against Palestine.
Day also said that the performance has improved from the Asian Games and the Saff Championship despite playing against higher-ranked teams. He was full of praise for the overall performance but was disappointed with the lack of a killer instinct inside the opponents’ box, which he wants to prioritize on after the short break.
“When we got into the box the final pass and touches were not good enough. That’s the stuff we have to work on. The national team players have to play week-in week-out for their clubs. They need to get to a position to become better. They need to work after training for at least 20 minutes [after their club’s training session], finishing, crossing, defending, and work on heading and clearing the ball,”
The English coach continued, “The national players need to do extra training and not just be happy with what we have done. All I want from them is to work hard and do extra. We need to move up the rankings.”
The players will soon return to their respective clubs as the new football season kicks off with the Federation Cup on October 22 and the premier league next month. They will enjoy a break along with Day who is set to return to England to see his family.
“I spoke to around 5-6 managers. All of them were very supportive. There are many managers in the Bangladesh Premier League that want to change. They want to make their squad better. They want to get their players right food. We gave them the routine sheet so that they can use it when players return to their clubs. Hopefully they use the guideline to get the players in better shape. The changes are going to take time.”