The girls in red and green began their group stage mission with a 2-0 win over the UAE and progressed to the last four after Kyrgyzstan beat the Emiratis 2-1
Having already qualified for the semi-final, Bangladesh will target finishing as the Group B champion when they take on Kyrgyzstan Friday in the Bangamata U-19 Women’s Gold Cup at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
The girls in red and green began their group stage mission with a 2-0 win over the UAE and progressed to the last four after Kyrgyzstan beat the Emiratis 2-1.
Both the home side and Kyrgyzstan have three points each, while the UAE have already been eliminated.
Bangladesh head coach Golam Rabbani Choton said they will eye full three points when they take to the field Friday.
“Even though we have qualified for the semis, we want to be group champion against Kyrgyzstan. Although a draw will be enough for us to finish as Group B champion, we want to win nevertheless,” said Choton to the media in the pre-match press conference Thursday.
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Choton said they will have a trick up their sleeve when they lock horns with Kyrgyzstan.
“Kyrgyzstan are physically stronger. They are taller than us. This is a problem. But our target will be to exhibit our skills and decide the game, rather than depending on the physical nature of our game. We have a trick up our sleeve, but I don’t want to reveal it here. Hopefully the girls will play well and we will win,” he said.
Choton informed that the three-day break between the UAE and Kyrgyzstan matches will stand them in good stead.
“We got a three-day break. This is a positive for us, which Kyrgyzstan didn’t get. During this time, we worked on theoretical and technical things; we worked on the mistakes which we committed against the UAE,” said Choton.
Bangladesh have only ever faced Kyrgyzstan once, in an age-level tournament three years ago.
On that occasion, Bangladesh triumphed 10-0.
Queried as to whether his charges are targeting a similar scoreline, Choton said, “We played against them only once in the age-level. We won 10-0. But since then, three years have elapsed. They are stronger than before. Hence, we are not fretting about the scoreline.”
Choton is mulling playing an unchanged XI against Kyrgyzstan.