Bangladesh national football team will have the luxury to make experiments when they take on hosts Nepal in the last group stage match of the Three Nations Cup at Dasharath Rangasala Stadium in Kathmandu today.
The men in red and green, who beat Kyrgyzstan U-23s 1-0 in their first match on March 23, have already booked their place in the final after Nepal played a goalless draw against the Kyrgyzstan team on Thursday.
However, the other finalist for the March 29 final is yet to be decided as both Nepal and Kyrgyzstan team have one point each and the hosts only need a point to qualify for the final.
Bangladesh completed a training session at Army ground in Kathmandu on Friday.
After the day’s training, national team head coach Jamie Day informed that he will make a lot of changes in the squad for the Nepal match.
“There will be several changes from the first game. As we said before we came to Nepal and we want to see everyone play and get some experience with new players. So there will be a lot of changes for the match,” he said.
Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuyan said they are giving the same importance to their last group game despite being in the final already.
“We are already in the final but each match is very important. Everyone wants to win tomorrow (today). The most important match of course is the final and we want to win that for the whole nation because it is the 50th anniversary of our Independence…hopefully we can take the trophy with us to Bangladesh,” said Jamal.
Bangladesh Football Federation President Kazi Salahuddin was also hopeful to win the tournament as he wanted to present the title as a gift of Mujib Barsho and the 50th year of Independence.
“We need this trophy for a few reasons. If we can present this trophy to the nation on the occasion of Mujib Barsho and the 50th year of Independence then everyone's emotion towards football will increase,” he said.