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Bangladesh take on Japan Sunday, eyeing first points

  • Published at 09:00 pm October 14th, 2017
Bangladesh take on Japan Sunday, eyeing first points
The Bangladesh team will be hunting for their first point in the Hero Asia Cup Hockey 2017 when they take on Japan in their last Pool A match at Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium Sunday at 3pm. Having already conceded woeful defeats by the same margin of 7-0 against former champions India and Pakistan in their first two games, Bangladesh have no chance of making it to the Super Four but a point could give Russel Mahmud Jimmy and Co confidence ahead of the key battles in the qualification stage.

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Japan managed a surprising 2-2 draw against Pakistan, leaving them with hope of remaining in the race for the Super Four. They only need a big win against the host and a Pakistan defeat against India. Bangladesh coach Mahbub Harun informed that his captain Jimmy and Korshedur Rahman suffered injury during the game against India and hoped for a quick recovery ahead of Sunday's game. Harun also said, “If our boys are not mentally upto the mark they will have to suffer the same fate against Japan. I tried to motivate them and hope they will not repeat the previous results and perform better.

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"We want to return to the track. Japan are a good team but I hope players would play following our instruction and if they do that, then we have a chance of returning with a good result. We hope to get full points." Meanwhile, Bangladesh beat Japan 2-1 in a practice match before the tournament.