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Strikers aim for goals at SAG

  • Published at 08:43 pm December 1st, 2019
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Abahani striker Nabib Newaj Jibon, who scored a brace in a friendly against Bhutan in Dhaka two months ago, will have the chance to increase his tally against the same opposition in the opening game Sunday

Bangladesh rarely gets on the score sheet in international football matches, particularly against higher ranked opposition. 

With this in mind, Bangladeshi strikers at the South Asian Games in Nepal have said their primary aim is to score goals at the region’s biggest tournament. 

Abahani striker Nabib Newaj Jibon, who scored a brace in a friendly against Bhutan in Dhaka two months ago, will have the chance to increase his tally against the same opposition in the opening game Sunday.

“I have only one personal target, which is to score a goal. I have been denied goals many times, despite getting close. It is disappointing not to get goals, because a striker’s job is to score. Hopefully, I can score a goal here,” said the 29-year-old striker, who is one of the three senior players in the U-23 team at the SAG. 

The other two are Jamal Bhuiyan and Yeasin Khan.

Jibon top scored for Bangladesh with three goals at the last SAG in Guwahati, India, as the country won the bronze medal.

Saad Uddin, the lone scorer in the World Cup and Asian Cup joint qualifier against India, is a versatile forward who played as a striker in the second-tier league three years ago. 

He also got some playing time in the center-forward role under Jamie Day during the Asian Games 2018.

The 21-year-old said: “I will try to perform well in this tournament and score goals whenever the chances arrive. But it will be difficult to play three matches in four days, because the recovery time is very short.”

The national team is staying in the crowded-tourist area of Thamel in Kathmandu, where Day’s side are preparing to play their first two matches without a day’s break. 

After Bhutan, they take on Maldives the following day before facing Sri Lanka and Nepal Thursday and next Sunday, respectively.