Jamie works on finishing; Cleevely on keeping

Sports Correspondent

21st March, 2021 10:26:52 printer

Jamie works on finishing; Cleevely on keeping

Bangladesh national football team worked on finishing and positions under the supervision of head coach Jamie Day in their second training session at the Dasharath Rangasala Stadium on Sunday after a day recovery.

Bangladesh will play their first match against Kyrgyzstan U-23s in the Tri-Nation Tournament, hosted by Nepal, on Tuesday at the same venue at 5:45pm (BST).

Jamie believes that they need to improve their finishing which would improve their scoring abilities and increase the chances to win the match. 

“We have done training in the morning and gym this afternoon. Today we were focused on finishing. Boys want to take advantage of this opportunity. If you want to win, there is no option to score a goal. So of course the finishing needs to be improved,” said Jamie after the sessions.

Bangladesh have been suffering the scoring crisis for a long time. To solve this, the head coach added two fresh legs -- Md Jewel, Mehedi Hasan -- in the forward line of the 36-member Nepal-bound squad. 

Forward Matin Miah, who recovered from injury and joined Mahbubur Rahman Sufil and Suman Reza to strengthen the forward line, said that they worked on finishing and positions particularly in the day's training session.

“I’ve missed the last FIFA, AFC qualifiers match, but I’m fully fit now. I’m doing training regularly under the coach. Today we’ve worked hard on finishing and positions during the training,” Matin said.

When Jamie worked on finishing and other technical issues, goalkeeping coach Les Cleevely was busy with keepers’ weaknesses and mental health.

Bangladesh conceded five goals in their last international assignment of FIFA, AFC joint qualifiers in Qatar against the home side last December. Jamie included all three key keepers in his team -- Anisur Rahman Zico, Sahidul Alam Sohel and Ashraful Islam Rana.  

“I got chances to work with the same keepers as I worked last time. It allowed me to develop what we started last time. I work on some of their weaknesses and develop them mentally,” said Cleevely who joined the team on Friday. 

“Unfortunately Sohel got injured in our last camp, so we are working on his game particularly the mental aspect of his game. Also working with Zico as I gain an extra 15 percent out of him because he is a very capable goalkeeper,” the goalkeeping coach added.

Bangladesh national team captain Jamal Bhuyan, who returned to Bangladesh on Friday after playing I-League in India, will fly for Nepal today (Monday). He is likely to miss the first game against Kyrgyzstan U-23s. Jamal on Sunday tested negative for COVID-19 before his flight, confirmed by the team manager Iqbal Hossain.