Prior to their friendly, veteran goalkeeper Ashraful Islam Rana was under no illusions with the tough task facing them
Bangladesh put the finishing touch to their preparation Friday, ahead of their Fifa international friendly against Cambodia Saturday.
Following their arrival in Phnom Penh, the men in red and green underwent their first training session Thursday.
Newly-appointed goalkeeping coach Dean Kenneth May worked with the three goalkeepers in a different session.
Prior to their friendly, veteran goalkeeper Ashraful Islam Rana was under no illusions with the tough task facing them.
He said, “We are practising in different conditions, with temperatures hovering around 32 or 33 degrees celcius, that too on astro-turf. These really are tough conditions for us.”
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Head coach Jamie Day though cut a hopeful figure, saying, “Our first session of training was good. We have to have the mentality that we can play under any circumstances. Hot weather can’t really be an excuse.”
As for their opponent, he said, “Cambodia are a good side. We’ll have to play well if we want to get a positive result.
“But we trained really well and we are looking to put in a good performance. And hopefully we can pick up a good win and take that into the June World Cup qualifying games.”
Echoing Day’s statement, Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuiyan said, “As coach said, we’ve been practising really well. All the players are fit for the match.
“We know Cambodia are a good team and they are higher up in the ranking. So, we are looking forward to the challenge.”