The Palestine head coach has been rotating his players in the tournament with an eye on the AFC Asian Cup that is scheduled to take place in the UAE next year
Palestine will face Tajikistan in the all-important final of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup as both the teams are confident of clinching the trophy at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Friday.
Palestine are not only the best ranked side but also the most impressive team in the tournament as they won all their previous three matches en route to the final.
One of the games were against Tajikistan and Palestine won that 2-0 but their coach was more concerned about the effect of their semi-final win that took place just a couple of days ago against host Bangladesh in Cox’s Bazar’s Bir Sreshtha Ruhul Amin Stadium.
“It was good match [Wednesday]. We played the last match [Wednesday] and (traveled) here, it is difficult after one-day interval, we had only 36 hours to prepare the team. But they (Tajikistan) (had) two days for recovery,” said Palestine coach Noureddine Ould Ali Thursday at a press conference in the capital.
Palestine coach praises Bangladesh team https://t.co/YsK51PVHUU#Palestine went through to the final of #BangabandhuGoldCup 2018 by beating #Bangladesh in the semifinal in Cox’s Bazar but their coach praised the fight of the hosts after the game— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) October 10, 2018
“However, our team (are) highly motivated and spirited. Inshallah, hope the players will do their best and will try to win the match,” added the Algeria-born coach who currently lives in France.
The Palestine head coach has been rotating his players in the tournament with an eye on the AFC Asian Cup that is scheduled to take place in the UAE next year.
But their captain said their focus was on winning the final.
“[Friday] we are focusing to win the match,” said Palestine captain Abdal Latif al Bahadori.
Meanwhile, Tajikistan also appeared confident of winning the tournament and their win in Dhaka against the same outfit back in 2006 may inspire them.
But their coach said they are not thinking about history, and rather looking forward to the important final.
“Our win against Palestine here is now history. Now we are motivated with this tournament in Bangladesh,” said Tajikistan head coach Tukhtaev Alisher.
The coach thought they made some mistakes in the group stage game and they will be keen to rectify those to lift the silverware.
Palestine knock-out gritty Bangladesh in Gold Cup https://t.co/Pd0G1QAO1M#Bangladesh put up yet another brave display against a much stronger and more physical #Palestine side to conclude their #BangabandhuGoldCup 2018 campaign with a 2-0 defeat in the second semi-final— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) October 10, 2018
“We did not play any final in recent time. I respect my (opponent), no weak team can come in the final,” he said.
“We will do our best, will try our best to win the match, last match (we got defeated) 2-0, there were some mistakes, we worked on those, will (be) overcoming the (mistakes) hopefully we will win the final,” said the Tajikistan coach.