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Day's top 5 as Bangladesh coach

  • Published at 08:53 pm May 13th, 2020
Bangladesh coach Jamie Day Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

From the hectic journey of past two years, the English coach has picked up his five top matches for Dhaka Tribune

Jamie Day became new head coach of Bangladesh men's national team two years ago on May 14 under the context that the national team had played only once in the previous 17 months. Some seniors had already left while a group of young players were in the helm of getting into the board with no international experience. From the hectic journey of past two years, the English coach has picked up his five top matches for Dhaka Tribune.

Total Games: 19; Wins – 8, Loss – 9, Draw – 2; Goals: Scored – 17; Conceded – 20 (Excluding U-23 results)

1.  1-0 win vs Qatar

(West Java 2018)

Bangladesh started with a bang under the new coach but it was not the senior side, rather, the U-23 Olympic team that was comprised a group of young and experienced players who represented the national team until last game. No surprise why Day took his side’s historic 1-0 win over Qatar in the last group match of Asian Games 2018 top in the list. On August 19, Jamal Bhuiyan’s 93rd-minute dramatic winner earned Bangladesh its first ever qualification to Asiad knockout stage [Round of 16]. Day elucidated, “To beat giants Qatar and Qualify out of the group stage in the Olympics and make history was amazing achievement.”

2. 1-1 draw vs India

(Kolkata 2019)

Men in Red and Green traveled to the neighboring Indian State two days after valiantly hosted Qatar in the 2022 World Cup Asian qualifiers. Kolkata was buzzing to welcome the familiar foes at the Mecca of Indian football, Salt Lake Stadium after long time. The vast difference in Fifa Rankings left no impact on October 15 and rather the hosts struggled against the pace and tactics of Day's disciples. Saad Uddin headed the lead in the 42nd minute and when Bangladesh were close to a WCQ win after more than seven years the game leveled in the 88th minute. “Fantastic performance against a very strong team and unlucky not to win. The tactics and performance was spot on.”

3. 1-0 win vs Laos

(Vientiane 2019)

The reason behind Bangladesh’s absence in international football for 17 months was the shocking defeat to Bhutan in 2018 World Cup pre-qualiafiers. The fear was there when they went to Laos to earn the spot in the Asian qualifiers for 2022 WC. The visitors put up solid display as youngster Rabiul Hasan sealed the winner in the 71st minute. Day commented about the win on June 6, “First leg of WC qualifiers and to go away and win set us up for the home leg.” Bangladesh finally progressed after holding Laos to goalless draw in the return leg in Dhaka.

4. 1-0 win vs Pakistan

(Dhaka 2018)

A usual scene in the years gone by Bangladesh national team matches was the players got tired in the last 10 or 20 minutes of the game but things had changed under Day. The fitness level improved considerably and it was evident during the Asian Games after what in less than a month it was up for SAFF Championship 2018. Bangladesh was unlucky to see exit door from group stage despite two wins in three matches and points on level with top two but Topu Barman’s header in the 85th minute against Pakistan on September 6 was something to cheer out for. “In Saaf championship against rival team and to score near the end to win was fantastic and get back-to-back wins which had not been done for 10 years.”

5. 1-0 win vs Cambodia

(Phnom Penh 2019)

Rabiul scored the only goal in the 84th minute as Bangladesh beat higher-ranked Cambodia at their own den during a Fifa friendly on March 9. It was a fascinating win in some aspects as the Red and Green won an international game after five months and first win away from home in almost four years. The pitch too was not the kind of where Bangladesh used to as Day explained why he picked the game, “Played away from home against a strong Cambodia team on astroturf and put in a very professional performance to win.”

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